Trailers for the Action Thriller THE MECHANIC Starring Jason Statham and the Jihadist Comedy FOUR LIONS

     March 17, 2010

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We have two new trailers for you today and I like ‘em both.  First up, there’s The Mechanic starring Jason Statham and Ben Foster.  A remake of the 1972 Charles Bronson film, the film follows an assassin (Statham) who adopts an apprentice (Foster), but it becomes clear that the hitman business may not be a good fit for an apprenticeship program.  While director Simon West has never directed a good film (Con Air is as close as he ever got; his last film was When a Stranger Calls), I really want this to be good and it looks like, at the very least, Foster will deliver (as he always does).

Then there’s Four Lions, an independent feature that premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. I’d never heard of before now, but after this trailer I can’t wait to see it.  It’s an absurdist comedy about four suicide bombers who aren’t so good at the whole terrorism thing.  The trailer has a lot of good jokes, so the question is whether or not we’re ready to laugh at jihadists.  I say, “Absolutely.”  These people don’t deserve be treated with respect.  They deserved to be mocked and dismissed as cowards and fools and this movie looks like it will easily deliver on that front.

Hit the jump to check out both trailers.  The Mechanic is slated to hit theaters on December 15th.  No US release date has been announced for Four Lions.

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Here’s the official synopsis for Four Lions:

A handful of young men set out to take on the decadent West but are more of a threat to themselves than anyone else in this black comedy from director Chris Morris. Omar (Riz Ahmed) is a devout Muslim living in the United Kingdom who has decided to form a terrorist cell to bring forth a jihad against a culture he believes is dominated by the sinful and ignorant. However, Omar isn’t much of leader, and he’s assembled an unimpressive team of fellow terrorists, among them Waj (Kayvan Novak), who lacks the brainpower to come up with ideas or direction on his own; Faisal (Adeel Akhtar), who is shy and doesn’t have much to say; and Barry (Nigel Lindsay), a recent convert to Islam who tries to make up for his lack of practical knowledge with fierce passion. As Omar and his comrades debate both doctrine and methods, they ponder such notions as using birds as explosive devices, creating video communiqués with a hip-hop flavor, and attacking mosques in an effort to provoke non-violent Muslims. But are Omar and his partners a legitimate threat to the safety of Great Britain, or just four half-bright twenty-somethings with more bluster than imagination? Four Lions received its world premiere at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.

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