(Will Adamsdale, Adeel Akhtar, et al / DVD / R / (2010) 2011 / Magnolia Home Entertainment)
Overview: A whip-smart, slapstick comedy, Chris Morris’ FOUR LIONS takes aim at Jihadi suicide bombers and illuminates the war on terror through satire and farce. Follow five inept aspiring terrorists on their quest to strike a blow, and how they demonstrate that terrorism may be about ideology, but it can also be about idiots.
DVD Verdict: A group of disaffected Pakistanis in England, led by a imam who is a converted Brit decide that they must leave their mark on history. Apparently, that mark is a bloody and slightly smeared footnote. Two of our characters get the call to go off to an Al Qaeda training camp in Pakistan.
Meanwhile the white imam continues to plot to blow up a mosque to mobilize the Muslim population against the non-believers. When the aspiring jihadis return, the group begins to plot their great blow for their faith. Needless to say, it doesn't go quite as planned.
It's hard to go into the gags without spoilers, but most of them stem from two sources. First, some of the silly notions harbored by terrorist wannabes, like flailing your head around to keep surveillance cameras from getting a good shot of you. The others came from inept use of explosives. This is the part that isn't for everyone, as some of the gags were ... um ... lethal! And messy!!
The humor isn't fast paced, and is often in fairly macabre and surreal juxtapositions. I'm OK with this, but many might not be. The imam's passing is especially ironic and might not work for many. And they did try to put a human (and not always stupid) face on the British Muslims. The scenes of the lead character's homelife showed some of the inconsistancies of actual terrorists. [EC] This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.66:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
· Cast & Director Interview
· Behind the Scenes Segments
· Background Material
· Deleted Scenes