Four Lions

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Chris Morris' Four Lions is a whip-smart, laugh-out-loud comedy that illuminates the war on terror through satire and farce. 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. read more
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Chris Morris' Four Lions is a whip-smart, laugh-out-loud comedy that illuminates the war on terror through satire and farce. 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? Four Lions plunges us beyond seeing these young men as unfathomably alien. It undermines the folly of just wishing them away or, even worse, alienating the entire culture from which they emerge. The film is neither pro nor anti religious. The jokes fly out of the characters' conflicts, excesses and mistakes. Crackling with wit and tension, Four Lions is the essential response to our failure to engage with reality and a high toast to the idea that laughter is better than killing.

Original Release

05/07/2010

US Release

11/05/2010

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Cast

Directors

Christopher Morris, Chris Morris

Writers

Chris Morris, Jesse Armstrong, Sam Bain, Simon Blackwell, Christopher Morris

Cast

Producers

Angus Aynsley Executive Producer
Carole Baraton Executive Producer
Peter Carlton Executive Producer
Will Clarke Executive Producer
Rita Dagher Executive Producer
Mark Findlay Executive Producer
Caroline Leddy Executive Producer
Alex Marshall Executive Producer
Tessa Ross Executive Producer
Mark Herbert Producer
Derrin Schlesinger Producer
Afi Khan Producer
Faisal A. Qureshi Producer
Rebekah Wray Rogers Producer

Editors

Billy Sneddon

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