The problem with dark comedy is that if it fails, it comes off as smug, tasteless, callous, or much worse. There are moments of BOMB SCARED that do work, but when it doesn't, it's easy to question if now (or ever) is the best time to be trying to make light of terrorism. The insistence of one of the would-be terrorists that he be referred to as "Stallone" when the news inevitably reports on their actions works, and the heated debate about where their terrorist group (ETA) ranks among all the other terrorist organizations around the globe is the height of absurdity. The image of members of a terrorist group at war with the Spanish government wearing Spain-themed swag in order to maintain their cover during the World Cup is ridiculously ironic. But other times, it's all too much or too little and instead of laughs, you're left reflecting on the sad state of affairs here, there, and everywhere.
Furthermore, even with Catalonia making headlines, it's difficult to find the context to this movie, and thus, a big source of the humor. Without much knowledge of the Basque separatist movement, it's not easy to gain a foothold into the story, or to understand what is at stake for those involved. Even with the accessible-enough stylings of deliberately banal dialogue about food right before something big happens, or the slow-motion walks of the characters with some popular song accompanying the walk, this movie is best for those with a real grasp on recent Spanish history.