January 9, 2011

Four Lions - 2010

Director: Chris Morris
Writers: Chris Morris, Sam Bain, & Jesse Armstrong
Starring: Kayvan Novak, Nigel Lindsey, Riz Ahmed, Adeel Akhtar

"Barry, shut up, mate! 'Cause I tell ya, your little brain cell might go off now and again, but if you hands even go to move, if you try to set up the Islamic State of Tinsley again, going to university lectures, opening your big mouth, buying some more silver nitrate from Amazon... I'm gonna rip your plugs out!" Four bumbling jihadists attempt to martyr themselves in the London Marathon.

This movie isn't for everyone. It deals with the very sensitive topic of terrorism. However, it's gotten a lot of good press, and I was very interested to see how another country who had recently been affected would handle this, since any attempts by US filmmakers to comedically portray terrorists come off horribly offensive and/or unfunny. That said, I love this movie. It's honestly one of best comedies of the year, and the cinematography really puts the audience into the film as a direct observer of the events, but stopping short of being Cloverfield-esque. A must-see if there ever was one. A+

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