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Four Lions (2010)

Four LionsDirector: Chris Morris
Starring: Adeel Akhtar, Arsher Ali, Kayvan Novak, Nigel Lindsay, Preeya Kalidas, Riz Ahmed

Tagline: Challenging

This movie is not a comedy, I'll just get that out of the way. It's really a drama with a lot of absurd situations presented in ways that some people could not help but laugh as there is really nowhere else to go.

I did not feel like laughing towards the end as you knew what was going to happen, you just hoped it would somehow end differently but it just refused to.

It does not flinch from showing the details of how the group prepares to carry out the bombings and all the incidents in between. So many things go wrong it is amazing that they even make it that far, some of the things are just pure luck.

I didn't expect to be able to emphasise with the characters at all given what they are meant to be doing. It was one of the big surprises that you were actually able to feel anything towards the characters other than just not liking them as you would have expected.

I'm not going to say anything about the controversy this film has generated as it has been covered elsewhere. The infamous "Paedogeddon" got so many complaints as the media took at as a person affront to their coverage of the issue in question as it was satirising them directly.

The same thing has happened with this movie with a lot of the coverage of this film claiming it is disrespectful to the victims of the London bombings.

There is a lot of confusion about why these things happened, what I took away from the movie is that even the people that carry out the attacks might not know why they did them themselves and are just as confused as everyone else and being led along.


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