Genre Guesstimation – Four Lions (2010)


The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s Genre was chosen by Reut of Sweet Archive and she chose Dark Comedies as the Genre for July.  If you want to still submit a movie, the deadline is 25 July. Just send it to me at darkcom@movierob.net

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of dark comedies…

four lions“Rubber dinghy rapids bro.” Waj

Number of Times Seen – 1 (20 Jul 2015)

Brief Synopsis – A group of Jihadists living in England decide to plan a terrorist attack. Fortunately, they are completely incompetant as terrorists.

My Take on it – Terrorism is usually not a topic handled lightly in movies and TV, but they did a very good job making a dark comedy about the subject.

The characters are not meant to be sympathetic at all, but rather are a group of the most incompetant imbeciles one could hope for.

Their ideas are idiotic, but we still laugh so much because they seem to take everything so seriously.

None of the actors are very familiar, but this helps make them seem even stupider because we don’t already recognize any of them.

Loved the bear vs. Wookie conversation.

Bottom Line – Not a subject usually pursued for laughs, but they are able to make a funny dark comedy on this taboo subject. They take certain scenes to the extreme but still manage to get laughs from it. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – On January 23rd 2010, Four Lions had its world premier at Sundance. On the same day, the UK “terror threat” level was raised to “severe” due to non-specific “chatter”. (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Has a lot of humorous scenes, but ultimately this isn’t the kind of movie that I’d love to rewatch, so it can’t really be added to my favorites.

Rating – Globe Worthy

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16 thoughts on “Genre Guesstimation – Four Lions (2010)

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  2. On this one I just couldn’t get past the fact that they just hadn’t bothered to explain what had driven these seemingly ordinary guys to this level of extremism.

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