In this satire, a group of bumbling, fundamentalist suicide-bomber wannabes who couldn’t organize a backyard firework display to save themselves plan to execute a terrorist attack in the heart of London—as long as they don’t accidentally kill themselves first.
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Exceedingly clever, if a bit disjointed, British farce about four bumbling jihadists. It's a brave subject for a comedy, and it really works. Being able to laugh at our fears is a healthy reaction. By making a mockery out of jihadists, the film exposes extremists for the fools they are.
Truth through laughter being my general idea of this film, it collates humor, idiocy, blind faith and sharp vision to present a neat package around a few English blokes who try to plan terrorist actions. It's one of the best films I've seen that tell you to use your own brain and think instead of just mindlessly gobble info from others - and it's extremely funny.
Ok, I have to give Morris the credits for trying to do something unconventional, but it really didn't work out. If you compare it to Lars and the real girl it didn't make it in the green zone of dealing with a sensitive theme with great humor and still not offending anyone. And at the same time strip a social discourse/tabu to it's bones and make it more understandable. Didn't laugh, didn't see any smartness in it.
I will say I didn't laugh as much as I expected to, but maybe that's how it should be. You would expect a subdued kind of british humor, but here it's even less upfront than that, feeling more like a satirical drama than a dark comedy. That said, I found the weird tone to be appropriate and I absolutely want more of these films to be made. Riz Ahmed (who brought me here from Nightcrawler) also impresses here.