Attack the Block

Attack the Block

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Director: Joe Cornish

Cast: Joe Cornish, John Boyega, Jodie Whittaker, Alex Esmail

     
 

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A group of London teens find themselves in the middle of an alien invasion and fight to defend their tower block from some evil extraterrestrials in this stylish sci-fi romp from the producers of Shaun of the Dead and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. Beset by a gang of young

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A group of London teens find themselves in the middle of an alien invasion and fight to defend their tower block from some evil extraterrestrials in this stylish sci-fi romp from the producers of Shaun of the Dead and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. Beset by a gang of young thugs as she passes through a South London housing estate, Sam (Jodie Whittaker) is in the midst of being robbed when a ball of light falls out of the sky, and destroys a nearby car. Frightened, she flees from the scene just before an unearthly beast emerges from the wreckage and attacks Moses (John Boyega), the leader of the youthful gang. In retaliation, Moses and his crew slay the creature, and take it to a local drug den owned by ruthless gangster Hi-Hatz (Jumayn Hunter) for safe keeping. Later, as the police assist Sam in pursuing her assailants, strange lights start to rain down on the streets, heralding the arrival of a second, more ferocious, wave of creatures. With the city under siege, there's no place left to run. Quickly realizing she's going to have to fight if she wants to survive, Sam once again crosses paths with the street-tough teens, but instead of running away vows to battle alongside them to the bitter end. Meanwhile, Moses becomes the primary target of the aliens, and the group arms themselves with everything from baseball bats to high-powered fireworks in the fight to save the human race.

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All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
Sometimes it's difficult to accept that the movies we love most aren't exactly the ones that everyone else will flock to -- or even remember once something better has come along. When a film manages to hit us at just the right moment in our lives, we sometimes connect with it in ways that are completely subjective. Attack the Block isn't a great movie, but it's fueled by a sense of energy that still makes it somewhat irresistible regardless of its (sometimes far too obvious) flaws -- especially if you happen to fall within the age of the adolescent target audience. Beset by a gang of young thugs as she passes through a South London housing estate, Sam (Jodie Whittaker) is in the midst of being robbed when a ball of light falls out of the sky and destroys a nearby car. Frightened, she flees from the scene just before an unearthly beast emerges from the wreckage and attacks Moses (John Boyega), the leader of the youthful gang. In retaliation, Moses and his crew slay the creature, and take it to a local drug den owned by ruthless gangster Hi-Hatz (Jumayn Hunter) for safekeeping. Later, as the police assist Sam in pursuing her assailants, strange lights start to rain down on the streets, heralding the arrival of a second, more ferocious, wave of creatures. With the city under siege, there's no place left to run. Quickly realizing she's going to have to fight if she wants to survive, Sam once again crosses paths with the street-tough teens, but instead of running away vows to battle alongside them to the bitter end. Meanwhile, Moses becomes the primary target of the aliens, and the group arms themselves with everything from baseball bats to high-powered fireworks in the fight to save the human race. Attack the Block may not be the most clever alien invasion film ever written -- nor the funniest, scariest, or most thrilling. The screenplay is marred by inexplicable character motivations and unlikely conveniences, the creature design is nightmarish yet unimaginative, and writer/director Joe Cornish doesn't display any discernable sense of style to dazzle the viewer as the largely unsympathetic hoodie "heroes" make a bold stand to defend their blighted corner of London. All flaws considered, however, this occasionally bloody sci-fi action comedy remains compulsively watchable thanks to solid performances by the talented young cast and a plot that keeps charging forward for a brisk 87 minutes. As Moses, the gang leader, Boyega displays a compelling duality that draws us to the character despite his reprehensible actions (and ambitions) early in the movie. And though the rest of the cast is most certainly capable, it's Whittaker as Moses' strong-willed victim-turned-ally and Luke Treadaway as a science-loving stoner who stand out the most. Perhaps it's due to the fact that their characters are at least a little bit sympathetic, rather than the young thugs blindly following their misguided leader as he looks for an easy target to intimidate. Nick Frost, meanwhile, offers a few key moments of comic relief, even if his character is somewhat incidental in the end. The "Hoodies vs. Aliens" concept that drives Attack the Block is a unique one indeed, and it could have made for a truly memorable film had Cornish opted to take the story in a grittier, more darkly comic direction. In neglecting to play up the outrageous elements of his screenplay and in trying to redeem an inherently unlikable character, he plays it far too safe and predicable to achieve true greatness. But if you just happen to be of the same age and mindset as the juvenile protagonists, it's likely to strike you as something a bit more special.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/25/2011
UPC:
0043396387935
Original Release:
2011
Rating:
R
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
A
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:28:00
Sales rank:
19,282

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Boyega Moses
Jodie Whittaker Sam
Alex Esmail Pest
Franz Drameh Dennis
Leeon Jones Jerome
Simon Howard Biggz
Luke Treadaway Brewis
Nick Frost Ron
Jumayn Hunter Hi-Hatz

Technical Credits
Joe Cornish Director,Screenwriter
Jonathon Amos Editor
Nick Angel Musical Direction/Supervision
Jenny Borgars Executive Producer
Will Clarke Executive Producer
Olivier Courson Executive Producer
Rosa Dias Costumes/Costume Designer
Nina Gold Casting
Matthew Justice Executive Producer
Nira Park Producer
Steve F. Price Score Composer
Tessa Ross Executive Producer
Marcus Rowland Production Designer
Thomas Townend Cinematographer
Jane Walker Makeup
James Wilson Producer
Edgar Wright Executive Producer

Scene Index

Behind the block documentary; Creature feature - special effects; Meet the gang; Cast; Unfilmed action; Unfilmed sequences from the movie; That's a rap - fun with the cast on set; Filmmaker and cast comentaries

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Attack the Block 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
HeavyMetalGamer007 More than 1 year ago
This move was actually very surprising, I did not think it was going to be as enjoyable as it actually was. After having seen the preview, I was skeptical at best...it seemed kinda cheesy. How ever, I like sci-fi & all that, and I like Nick Frost, so I finally decided I would give it a watch and see what I thought. By the end of it, I was actually fairly entertained. It wasn't what I would call the absolute best movie I've ever seen, but it was definitely better than average I thought, and it by no means sucked. It was a fun new sci-fi horror comedy that was rather unique. Nick Frost didn't play the biggest role in it, but for the parts he was in it, he was pretty good...his usual goofy funny self. The stuff he does with Simon Pegg will always be my favorite though, of either actor, though they have been good in everything else I've seen each of them in. I was not real familiar with the other actors in this movie, but they all did a really good job I thought, even the 2 kids. If you're into sci-fi, horror, and comedy and language & gore doesn't phase you, then I highly recommend checking out this one...it's actually quite entertaining. I for one will probably be scooping this up at some point to add to my collection.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago