Laughing in the face of terror

Four Lions (15)

Chris Morris, whose searingly satirical Brass Eye put the tabloid press in a fury in the late 1990s, turns his attentions to home-grown suicide bombers.

Inspired by the bungled attempts of real-life Muslim radicals such as the shoe bomber and the flaming Islamist beaten up by a passing Glaswegian, Morris creates a cell of would-be British bombers plotting an attack from terraced homes in Doncaster.

Confused, clueless and surprisingly endearing, Morris uses this group of aspiring martyrs to create a comic farce in which their brand of fundamentalism is revealed as a laugh-out-loud joke - but one that may still have a deadly punch line.

4 stars