Attack the Block is a first feature film by Joe Cornish (comedian, actor (Hot Fuzz)), and it’s not too shabby, considering the lack of experience. However, his next movie is Spielberg’s The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn so we can expect to see more of him in the future. From the trailer, I thought that this is going to be a new version of the eighties science fiction movies (who said Super 8), but it turned out a bit differently. Taking the classical premise of alien invasion and an odd group of Earth defenders, movie twists the plot with gritty and quite realistic life in London blocks and its inhabitants. This all was peppered with a lot of humor and jokes, that fit the atmosphere quite well, and did not turn the movie into something silly and ridicules. Resembling the L.A. scene with the projects where people are living quite a different life from the rich elite in the suburbs, movie is also making a social statement. Now I have to say something that really bothered me, I don’t know if that’s because I’m not in my teens, or something else but this particular bunch of kids irritated me immensely. Right from the start of the movie, with the mugging scene I hated the main character and pretty much the rest of them, and the rest of the movie I cheered for the aliens to chop them up. There are a couple of lovable characters here and they saved the movie (Nick Frost among others), along with various weed reference’s. The special effects with a very energetic soundtrack created a good atmosphere and an excellent visual style.

A group of teenagers living in the blocks in South London mugs a nurse on her way home, but after this a strange object rams the car near them. Interested by this event, they examine the wreck and find something that looks like a meteor, when something alive jumps out and runs away. Young and mighty they chase this rather small creature looking for revenge and after they killed it, it is taken to a local pothead who sits in front of his TV all day stoned, watching shows about nature hoping to clarify the species of this strange creature. But there, they will witness a rain of meteors and some of them were quite big, and one small alien will soon turn into an army of furry monsters looking for blood and our little gang will have to fight to survive, Block style…

Director: Joe Cornish

Cast: Nick Frost, Jodie Whittaker, John Boyega, Luke Treadaway, Leeon Jones

Fun Facts: Writer/director Joe Cornish was inspired to make this film after actually being mugged in real-life (much in the same way as portrayed in the film). He noticed his young assailants were as scared as he was, and started researching their lives.


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