Entertainment One has launched the first trailer for ‘Four Lions’ filmmaker Chris Morris’s new comedy, ‘The Day Shall Come’.

Morris’ new film tells the story of a person walking blind into a false reality programmed to blow up in his face.  That person is a fringe preacher called Moses. The false reality is created by the FBI and written like a script. Moses has no idea this is happening or that their plotline ends with him in jail.

In a statement, Morris stated:

‘The story that kicked off this film was like a brick hurled from Miami to London. It was a lie that I didn’t know was a lie and it resulted in a farce about paranoia, deception, delusion and injustice that reflects an unfortunate truth: Finding a real terrorist is harder than creating your own.’

The lie

Breaking news! The US Attorney General is announcing the sensational arrest of an army based in Miami, about to launch a full ground war on America. The FBI had saved the Nation. The world could sleep well tonight. “A full ground war”? I am shocked.

Two years later in Washington DC I met a witness from the resulting trial and discovered this terrifying coup would have been pulled off by seven construction workers riding into Chicago on horses.  The idea was a fantasy, spun to make money. They had no guns – and no horses. An FBI informant had offered them $50,000 to attack America. They were broke, so they riffed ideas until he was happy. They claimed they could knock over the Seers Tower, swamp the city with a tidal wave, and seize control by riding in like the cavalry.

The government presented it as an Al Qaeda plot bigger than 9/11. These guys weren’t even Muslims, they were Haitian Catholics. It took three trials to find them guilty. They were all jailed as terrorists.

A Hundred True Stories

I discovered this was not a freakish one-off. Since 9/11 it has become Standard Operating Procedure. Informants encourage a Person of Interest to break the law and when they do,  the FBI arrest them. Each plan is put together with the federal attorney.  The arrest is delayed until the case will play in court. So the conviction rate is 98%. The typical sentence is 25 years.

Investigating AG Gonzales’ international lie took me all over America.  I met families of people who’d been jailed, their lawyers, FBI informants, prosecutors, police, sheriffs and FBI agents. I discovered the legal technicalities and workplace dynamics. I got to know neighbourhoods and people in places like Detroit, Orange County, Chicago and Washington DC.

These stories were compelling and often absurd. The contrivances were comic.  The repeated story is a cat and mouse game where the mouse doesn’t even know the cat exists…

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‘The Day Shall Come’ is set for a cinema release on October 11th.

The Day Shall Come Synopsis

Based on 100 true stories, the explosive new film from Chris Morris (Four Lions, Brass Eye) is an emotionally gripping, laugh out loud thriller that exposes the dark farce at the heart of the homeland security project: It is harder to catch a real terrorist than it is to manufacture your own.