Four Lions (2010)

four-lionsDirector: Christopher Morris

Writer: Christopher Morris, Sam Bain, Jesse Armstrong (Screenplay)

Starring: Riz Ahmed, Arsher Ali, Nigel Lindsay, Kayvan Novak, Adeel Akhtar, Julia Davis, Craig Parkinson

 

Plot: Four incompetent British jihadists set out to train for and commit an act of terror.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Great Funny Comedy

 

Story: Four Lions starts as we meet four British Muslims working simple jobs in England, Omar (Ahmed), Barry (Lindsay), Waj (Novak) and Faisal (Akhtar) who want to going be Jihadists. Omar and Waj get the call to travel to Pakistan to go through the training with Barry keeping up the fight back in the UK recruiting Hassan (Ali).

When the group reunite, they plan their own terrorist attack in the UK but as things continue to go wrong with Barry’s extreme behaviour, while Omar wanting to be more calculated with his attack. When they finally put their difference behind them the group look to plan their attack with of course comical consequences.

 

Thoughts on Four Lions

 

Characters/PerformanceOmar is the calm leader who has the plan down perfectly and tries to do the right thing for his friend, Waj is the simple-minded character who is easily led astray by Barry and Omar. Barry is the true British extremist who enjoys the terrorist idea and wants to hurt as many people as he can, he is the true bad example of this whole film. we get to see the comic side of these hopeless characters who want to be terrorists.

Performance wise Riz Ahmed is brilliant in this role with Nigel Lindasy and Kayvan Novak being equally as entertaining through the whole film. I think the whole cast do a great job at how we can see the nativity behind the jihadists extremists.stars

StoryThe story shows us how naïve jihadists believe they can follow others into the terrorist’s idea when they are clearly just clueless about the whole situation. This is an advert about how people can be led astray by these extremist’s beliefs but never understand the true meaning of everything they are doing. The story is mostly parody which works all so well for the film.

Comedy/CrimeWe have laughs from start to finish in this film while the crime terrorist attack is being planned.

SettingsThe settings show how these men can come from everyday background to be the terrorists, we see whole London can be a target with the links to escape or find trapped.

Special EffectsThe special effects are only used in small places but they all work well for the film.genre

Final ThoughtsWhen it comes to comedy this is by far one of the best you will see and I think everyone could enjoy even with a sensitive subject.

 

Overall: A must watch for all the comedy fans out there.

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Movie Reviews 101 Midnight Horror – When the Lights Went Out (2012)

Director: Pat Holden

Writer: Pat Holden (Screenplay)

Starring: Kate Ashfield, Steven Waddington, Craig Parkinson, Andrew Lowe, Martin Compston, Gary Lewis, Hannah Clifford, Tasha Conner

 

Plot: Poltergeists attack a family in Yorkshire during the 1974 nationwide blackouts.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Fact Based Ghost Story

 

Story: When the Lights Went Out starts out by taking us to Yorkshire where our family are moving into their new home. Jenny (Ashfield), Len (Waddington) and teenage daughter Sally (Connor) settle down before all the extra technology with the events of the film taking place in 1974. Sally doesn’t take long to question whether the family is alone in the house with lights coming on during the night and strange noises around the house.

After a strange night Sally and her mother seem to get attacked by a ghost when the lights go out, but Len doesn’t believe everything they are saying. When the scares become more apparent they family tries different ways to figure out what to do, Sally befriends the ghost, Len tries to use it for money while Jenny wants to turn to religion for answers.

The family looks for answers for the force that seems to be slowly taking over Sally but only to protect her and hurt the people she is angry with. The question remains is this ghost everything it seems to be or is it after something else.

When the Lights Went Out really is trying to tell the story of what really happened in one of the most frightening paranormal experiences known to date. The problem is the film focuses so hard on trying to keep things to a true story on film it just doesn’t come off a scary. We have some nice build-ups and easy scares but nothing that will really make you scream. On the positive I did like the idea that this was meant to be a true story as learning about this events can be interesting, whether you believe in them or not. This will satisfy the ghost hunters out there but not many others. (5/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Kate Ashfield: Jenny mother of the family who first wants to figure out what is happening but really is too scared to stand up for her own opinion of  the situation. You never really get convinced by the fear in Kate. (3/10)

 

Steven Waddington: Len husband who believes it is all nonsense but gets the shock because he can’t explain everything that is happening. Steven gives a very basic performance never really shining through the role. (3/10)

 

Tasha Connor: Sally daughter of the family that seems to connect with the spirit gaining a bond to keep her safe when she is around the spirit. Tasha does well in the role and seems to be the best of the lot in the film. (6/10)

 

Support Cast: When the Lights Went Out has a support cast that includes the friends of the family as they try to help or hide from the situation.

 

Director Review: Pat Holden – Pat does a solid job telling the story but doesn’t get the scares across. (4/10)

 

Horror: When the Lights Went Out isn’t going down as a truly scary film but will make you think what would happen if it was you. (5/10)

Settings: When the Lights Went Out uses the settings well to bring the story to the time period well. (7/10)
Special Effects
: When the Lights Went Out uses solid special effects that are mainly used for the haunting side of the story. (6/10)

Suggestion: When the Lights Went Out is one to give a go I can’t say it is one of the best but can be enjoyed it you are into that type of horror. (Ghost Horror Fans Watch)

 

Best Part: The bus tunnel is good.

Worst Part: No real scares.

 

Believability: Based on a true event must be ten right? (6/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 26 Minutes

Tagline: Set in 1974 and based on true events, When The Lights Went Out is the story of a down-to-earth Yorkshire family and the malevolent spirit who turns their existence upside down.

Trivia: Written and directed, by the original haunting families nephew.

 

Overall: This is a good directed episode of a ghost hunting the truth behind a story but lacks any real scares.

Rating 40