Where has Chris Morris been in our hour of need? After making his film debut with 2010’s Four Lions about a bunch of crap Sheffield Islamic terrorists, Morris went silent.
As our politics and democracy have been ripped apart by expensively educated donkeys, what happened to the genius satirist behind The Day Today, Brass Eye and Nathan Barley?
He’s been in America, it turns out, fastidiously researching another caustic War on Terror black comedy – “based on a hundred true stories” it says in the opening credits.
You say entrapment. The judge says 19 years, no parole.
It’s been known for years that the FBI’s sticky fingerprints are over virtually all the biggest domestic terror plots in America since 9/11. Typically, it goes down like this: an undercover agent or paid informant pretends to be a terrorist, befriends a target then encourages them to break the law. You say entrapment. The judge says 19 years, no parole.
The Day Shall Come begins with a classic piece of Morris silliness (he co-wrote the script with Jesse Armstrong). An informer has groomed a “terrorist” into detonating a fake bomb in a Miami hotel – all you need to do is dial a number on a mobile phone the informer tells him and boom. But the poor guy has an irrational fear of the number five, so won’t press the button.