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From the producers of Shaun of the Dead, Attack the Block is a fast, funny, frightening action adventure movie that pits a teen street gang against an invasion of savage alien monsters. It turns a London housing project into a sci-fi battleground, the low-income apartment complex into a fortress under siege. And it turns a crazy mix of tough street kids into a team of kick ass heroes. It’s inner city versus outer space and it’s going to explode.
A high-concept, micro-pocketed mash note to John Carpenter and Walter Hill, this Cockney vs. Aliens saga generates an enormous amount of likability out of some very limited means. Executive produced by the folks behind Shaun of the Dead, writer-director Joe Cornish's feature debut mixes gore and gags in a ratio that should drive genre fans bonkers. Unlike many recent Comic-Con-friendly movies, however, Attack the Block admirably concentrates on actually telling a story first, with the in-jokes and pop-culture references treated as tinsel. Kicking off with a literal bang, Cornish's script follows a group of British teenage punks on the downward slide to outright thugdom. Once a horde of neon-toothed aliens starts falling from the sky, however, the kids find themselves appointed the unlikely protectors of their grotty South London housing complex. Cue the bottle rockets, dirt bikes, and ninja weapons. There's not much to the story beyond that, really, but any narrative sparseness is leavened by some healthy doses of low-budget ingenuity, chief among them the design of the negative-image aliens themselves, which suggest ticked-off wild boars after a serious Rogaine overdose. On the character front, the film also scores, quickly sketching out its team of likable (but not cuddly) bad seeds with distinct personalities. (That said, American viewers should be prepared to have at least a quarter of the slang fly over their heads.) Clocking in at a just-right 88 minutes, Attack the Block may ultimately never rise above the level of clever homage, but there's copious evidence that the filmmaker already has a firm understanding of what makes B movies tick. While his first film doesn't exactly reinvent the wheel, check out all the neat stuff in the spokes. --Andrew Wright
- Aspect Ratio : 2.40:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medR R (Restricted)
- Product Dimensions : 6.75 x 5.3 x 0.35 inches; 2.4 Ounces
- Director : Joe Cornish
- Media Format : AC-3, Blu-ray, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
- Run time : 1 hour and 28 minutes
- Release date : October 25, 2011
- Actors : Jodie Whittaker, John Boyega, Alex Esmail, Franz Drameh, Leeon Jones
- Dubbed: : French
- Subtitles: : English, French
- Producers : Nira Park, James Wilson, James
- Studio : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
- ASIN : B005J4TLQG
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #5,926 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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First off you have no idea what it’s about initially. It starts with Sam played by Jodie Whitaker walking home and being mugged by a group of teens led by Moses played by John Boyega. While taking her belongings a meteor crashes into a car. Inside is a tiny little alien which the kids kill. Later they see more coming down and they think it’s a big game to kill the “Little Gremlins” as they call them. It turns out the second wave of aliens are much bigger and deadlier and chase the teens throughout the movie.
The monsters are also really well done. They are big fury black beasts which you can hardly see in the dark except when they open their mouths and their big glowing teeth are exposed.
The movie is not your usual sci-fi film either. There’s plenty of comedy as well such as when one of the kids said he made a big mistake chasing the aliens and would rather be home playing FIFA on his Play Station. Or when slacker Brewis played by Luke Treadaway tells his drug dealer Ron played by Nick Frost about how he can’t make enough money to pay rent even though he still lives at home with his parents for free.
There’s also social commentary. The kids are all working class, and mostly black from West Indian parents. They live in a big low income housing complex called “The Block” hence the movie’s name. At the end, Moses saves the day and yet gets arrested because they think he’s a thug. Sam tries to explain to the police that Moses was actually the one that saved the entire block, but they don’t listen. To them, he’s just a black criminal. All the block residents start chanting his name because they know the truth that he’s the hero and the police are working on stereotypes about blacks.
Finally, there's some blood and gore thrown in there for good measure when the aliens attack people.
This is a really amazing movie with a lot of twists, laughs and messages going on.
It's low budget British sci-fi comedy and it is basically state-of-the-art low budget sci-fi. Instead of going cheap atrocious cgi like you'd expect to see scouring the depths of Netflix they were actually smart enough to plan ahead so that they could write in a reason to make badass practical monsters supplemented by simple cgi. The dialogue was hard for me to follow at times, British urban slang just isn't a language I understand, but the important stuff made it through. John Boyega (yeah the dude from Star Wars) doesn't even speak much despite being the main character, which also ads to the coolness of the movie. It's also got Nick Frost, basically a staple of British sci-fi stoner comedy at this point.
Side note, it is crazy how similar Luke and Harry Treadaway look, at first I was stoked to see Dr. Frankenstein, then I was just awestruck that he seems to have a twin.
If you've seen this and liked it, you need to find Misfits, it used to be on Hulu for free, I'm not sure if it is anymore though.
If you're a coming-of-age or sci-fi fan, you'll like this a lot. It's obviously got a shoe-string budget but they do wonders with practical effects and some minimal creative CGI work.
Very well done, I'm sorry I waited 8 years to see it!
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This is a great British film, with loads of seriously scary moments, some excellent performances from the young (and mostly unknown or little known) cast, and lots of fun. It has all the ingredients we expect from a British film, including humour and a great feel for location, and it has gore and heroes in equal measures. A real feel-good film.