Chris Morris’s satire has been neatly pitched as a “jihadist comedy.” A group of English Muslims prepare a terrorist attack in a manner that makes Dad’s Army look like G.I. Joe. The funny clip puts us firmly in the gang of idiots territory that’s been mined by Stiller, Ferrell, et al. Still, there are some other interesting things going on. Take the head honcho’s spot-on Ray Winstone accent, which calls into question the curious status of the British immigrant. The use of a video camera to film their exploits implies that the eventual attack is as much about spectacle as it is about furthering al Qaeda’s cause.
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