Scott Mendelson at The Huffington Post looks at eleven good if-not great films that flew by the radar without much acknowledgment from audiences and/or the critical community. One film on his list is Four Lions, here’s his view:
This surprisingly thoughtful and compelling little black comedy concerns four would-be terrorists in their attempt to set off explosives in downtown London. The subject matter is obviously a bit disconcerting in this day and age, but director Christopher Morris carefully balances the desire to expose the buffoonery of most modern-day terrorists and the need to keep his lead characters somewhat recognizable on a human level. The movie doesn’t shy away from the consequences of such a pursuit, but it remains oddly comforting in confirming that the terrorists we fear are not comic book super villains, but foolish human beings prone to error and vulnerable to circumstance.