25- Four Lions [9.0]

Four Lions tells the story of a group of British jihadists who push their abstract dreams of glory to the breaking point. As the wheels fly off, and their competing ideologies clash, what emerges is an emotionally engaging (and entirely plausible) farce.

The Dr. Strangelove of this generation. How could a film about jihadists possibly be this funny? Even with broad anti-US rhetoric and a handful of political statements, Four Lions somehow manages to avoid igniting a conversation about the War on Terror and the various viewpoints involved. Instead, it shows that, regardless of what nationality brings it about, nuclear annihilation could very well come at the incapable hands of some really, really big idiots.

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One response to “25- Four Lions [9.0]”

  1. Kyle Simonsen says :

    Finally watched this last night, and already recommended it to someone else this afternoon. What I loved most was that not only was it genuinely funny (the Dr. Strangelove comparison was apt, although I also thought of Burn After Reading) but it rendered so many familiar tropes uncomfortable and alien. I’ll never look at a touching family moment, the last rally of a brotherhood, or the “follow your heart” speech in the same way again, and those cliches show up in so many films that Four Lions will have an enduring effect on my future moviewatching, which is perhaps as good a goal for a film as any. Not to affect me personally, of course, but just viewers in general. Heh.

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