in about 100 words or less
UK 97m, Colour
Director: Chris Morris; Cast: Riz Ahmed, Kayvan Novak, Nigel Lindsay, Arsher Ali, Adeel Akhtar, Benedict Cumberbatch, Julia Davis, Craig Parkinson, Preeya Kalidas, William El-Gardi
Based on the same formula as many crime capers where the heist goes terribly wrong, Four Lions is a black comedy about a group of incompetent homegrown terrorists who live in a British suburb who dream of nothing else than fast-track themselves to heaven. Though they are ultimately successful in blowing themselves up, their individual acts of terrorism lack any other sense of purpose. With a plot that resembles the recent bombing at the Boston Marathon, Four Lions is an unfortunate example of sociopolitical satire that has inspired real life events (Klaus Ming May 2013).