The words terrorist and comedy don't really seem to go together do they? But it works so well in describing the film Four Lions, because that is exactly what it is, and it's pretty freakin' hilarious. Four Lions, was the funniest film that I saw up at the Sundance Film Festival this year, and I hope you get a chance to go out and see it. Yes, people will find it offensive, but it's a great movie!
Four Lions proves that while terrorism may be about ideology, it's also about idiots. In a British city, four men have a secret plan. Omar (Riz Ahmed) is disillusioned about the treatment of muslims around the world and is determined to become a soldier. This is the most exciting idea Waj (Kayvan Novak) has ever heard. Better still it's a no brainer because Omar does his thinking for him. Opposed to Omar and everyone else on earth is the white islamic convert Barry (Nigel Lindsay). He'd realize he joined the cell to channel his nihilism - if he had half the self knowledge of a duck. Faisal (Adeel Akhtar) is the odd man out. He can make a bomb – but he can't blow himself up just now coz his sick dad has "started eating newspaper." Instead he's training crows to fly bombs through windows. This is what Omar has to deal with. They must strike a decisive blow on their own turf but can any of them strike a match without punching himself in the face?
The movie opens up in New York, Los Angeles, Washington, DC, Boston, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, Berkeley and Austin on November 5. Check out the film clip below, and let us know what you think! I should warn you, the language used in the clip is explicit. Enjoy!