- Format: PAL
- Subtitles: English
- Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
- Region: Region 2 (Read more about DVD formats.)
- Number of discs: 2
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (378 customer reviews)
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Attack The Block [DVD] (15)
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The basic situation behind Attack The Block is that, for some reason, alien beings are suddenly landing (crashing actually) in one of the seedier parts of London and are converging on one particular 'council block' (what here in the states would generally be referred to as a low-income housing project). The council block in question is home for a street gang of young hoodies who make up most of the main characters in the film, and the situation quickly evolves into a fight for survival as the kids in the gang try to evade or kill the aliens attacking their block who increasingly seem to be coming after them in particular.
When it comes to the aliens, Cornish successfully avoids a number of cliches. These aliens aren't cute and curious, and they aren't invading super-soldiers armed with superior technology. They're not here to make contact, they're not here to study us, and they're not here to take over the world. They aren't even sentient, but they are here for a reason, and I guarantee you'll never have seen this in any other movie that's come before; a quite notable achievement on Cornish's part.Read more ›
Anyway, yes, this delivers. Now, listen - this isn't a comedy horror a la Shaun. I say that because for it to be so, I'd expect the lead to be a comic creation. Moses is not. He's a sad but hopeful comment on our times, and he doesn't do or say anything remotely funny. Nor is the female lead a comedy part. It is left to the others around them to carry the comic load. I'd say, then, this is horror-thriller FUN rather than horror comedy. If you accept that, you won't be disappointed.
The dialogue zips along as an entity of its own. It's hoodie-speak. 'Merk' for kill, 'Allow it' for 'leave it', etc. I'm very glad the US viewers were able to get along with this, because I think it's a huge part of the ethos of the film. These guys live in their own world with their own rules and language is not only a reflection of that but a large part of setting the film apart from that's out there. I mean 'Oh, my days!' instead of the ubiquitous, 'Oh, my God!' is just such a fresh relief (familiar to those of us who are around working-class black kids, but refreshing to hear in a horror film)!
So there you are, in a different world, and in the opening scene, these kids mug a nurse at knife-point. The writer and director would really have to bring it to turn this around so we care about the kids, was my thought. Then the aliens arrive in a meteor-like landing camouflaged by its being Bonfire Night.Read more ›
A gang of South London hoodies mug nurse Sam (Jodie Whittaker) on bonfire night as she returns home from her shift, but are interrupted when an object crashes into a nearby parked car. Gang-leader Moses is attacked and bitten by a creature hiding within and, enraged, pursues it to a nearby shelter to beat it to death, while Sam takes the opportunity to escape. The gang agree that that the creature must be from outer space ("that's a alien bruv, believe!"), and parade the corpse through the streets like a trophy, returning to the hang-out of resident drug-dealer and horticulturalist Ron (played by a long-haired, shell-suit wearing Nick Frost). However, it is not long before much larger, more aggressive beasts begin to fall from the sky, drawn to the tower block where Moses and his friends reside. Later in the film, Cornish offers up a very sound biological explanation for the invasion, rather than avoiding the issue like most brainless blockbusters.
Sam is left justifiably shaken, shocked and angry at her attack, but eventually comes to rely on her assailants as her protectors as they face up to responsibility; a mutual respect developing between them. One character early on describes the kids as `***king monsters'. Indeed they are, to begin with at any rate.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Every time I watch Attack the Block, I get a smile on my face. This film about a scrappy bunch of kids in a disadvantaged neighborhood taking it to a bunch of invading aliens is a... Read morePublished 3 hours ago by J. Wiles Parker
Awesome movie! No wonder John Boyega got to be Finn in the new Star Wars. Great acting and pretty original.Published 2 days ago by Minecraft Reagan
A lot to like and it has charm, but nothing about this movie really grabbed me and I wanted to love it.Published 3 days ago by A. Lewkowski
At the time of purchase, this was my very first time seeing this movie and it TOTALLY rocked!! It was cleverly written, entertaining and had a couple of cool scares in there lol. Read morePublished 6 days ago by N. Evans
Perfect mix of sifi and comedy. Great for those who love both genres and looking for something different and original.Published 9 days ago by Adam Rutledge
Fun, fun movie. Very different and the dude from Star Wars is in it. Know what I mean brah?Published 9 days ago by newcentre