Four Lions (2010) Film

FourLions

In this British film satire about Islamist friends and their holy war, Benedict can be seen as negotiator.

Four Lions is a British film satire from 2010 about an Islamic terrorist cell in Sheffield/England. Due to its controversial subject matter, the film had problems in the U.S., since no film distribution was found. Even two years later when the film was to be aired in Germany, a leading politician expressed his concerns about the film that could accelerate Islamist attacks.

Nevertheless – or perhaps even because of it – the film received 19 nominations and won 6 awards, including the BAFTA Film Award for Best Newcomer.

In this widely debated film Benedict Cumberbatch is seen as a negotiator.

What is it about:
The young Islamist friends Omar, Waj, Faisal and Berry (his character a converted English) live in Sheffield and are planning a blow against the infidel in the name of the Holy War. In order to be successful, Omar and Waj even visit a terrorist training camp where they mistakenly kill Osama Bin Laden while trying to shoot down a U.S. drone. Meanwhile, Faisal blows himself up when trying to train crows as suicide bombers. Finally the the self-proclaimed holy warriors miserably fail in their attempt to stop the London Marathon.

 

Director
Christopher Morris

Writer
Christopher Morris
Sam Baim
Jesse Armstrong
Simon Blackwell

Cast
Riz Ahmed (Omar), Kayvan Novak (Waj), Adeel Akhtar (Faisal), Nigel Lindsay (Barry) and others

More information
complete list of cast and crew: IMDb
Available on Amazon

The trailer for this absurd film can be watched here: