Attack the Block

( 2 )

Overview

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 ...
See more details below
DVD (Wide Screen)
$9.99
BN.com price
(Save 33%)$14.99 List Price

Pick Up In Store

Reserve and pick up in 60 minutes at your local store

Other sellers (DVD)
  • All (9) from $9.45   
  • New (7) from $9.45   
  • Used (2) from $22.56   

Overview

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.
Read More Show Less

Special Features

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 Commentaries
Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

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.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/2011
  • UPC: 043396387966
  • Original Release: 2011
  • Rating:

  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Time: 1:28:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 2,314

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
Read More Show Less

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Attack the Block
1. Scene 1 [7:50]
2. Scene 2 [4:16]
3. Scene 3 [4:11]
4. Scene 4 [3:46]
5. Scene 5 [4:35]
6. Scene 6 [5:12]
7. Scene 7 [4:39]
8. Scene 8 [5:42]
9. Scene 9 [5:59]
10. Scene 10 [4:19]
11. Scene 11 [5:58]
12. Scene 12 [4:01]
13. Scene 13 [4:30]
14. Scene 14 [5:26]
15. Scene 15 [6:07]
16. Scene 16 [3:12]
Read More Show Less

Menu

Disc #1 -- Attack the Block
   Play Movie
   Languages
      Languages
         Audio
            English
            French
         Subtitles
            English
            English SDH
            French
            Subtitles: Off
   Scene Selections
   Special Features
      Commentaries
         Junior Commentary: Writer/Director Joe Cornish with John Boyega, Alex Esmail, Franz Drameh, Simon Howard and Leeon Jones: On/Off
         Senior Commentary: Writer/Director Joe Cornish with Jodie Whittaker, Luke Treadaway and Nick Frost: On/Off
         Executive Producer Commentary: Writer/Director Joe Cornish with Edgar Wright: On/Off
      Behind The Block
      Creature Feature
      Meet the Gang
      Unfilmed Action
      That's A Rap
      Theatrical Trailers
         UK Trailer
         US Red-Band Trailer
   Previews
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
( 2 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(1)

4 Star

(1)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 2 Customer Reviews
  • Posted May 20, 2012

    more from this reviewer

    I Also Recommend:

    This move was actually very surprising, I did not think it was g

    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.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

Sort by: Showing all of 2 Customer Reviews