Attack the Block 2011

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(150) IMDb 6.6/10
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Sci-fi meets London estate in this funny action movie. Sam is robbed by a gang of youths but saved when they are distracted by a meteorite which hits a parked car. They are attacked by an alien creature but kill it. Then more meteors fall but the aliens are bigger this time. And the kids are the block's only hope.

Starring:
Nick Frost, Jodie Whittaker
Runtime:
1 hour 24 minutes

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Attack the Block

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Genres Science Fiction, Comedy
Director Joe Cornish
Starring Nick Frost, Jodie Whittaker
Supporting actors Luke Treadaway, Joey Ansah, Chris Wilson, Lee Nicholas Harris, Adam Leese, John Boyega
Studio Studiocanal
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
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By Victor HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 12 Oct 2011
Format: DVD
Attack the block has an interesting premise, but ultimately fails to live up to it's potential. The basic story is that aliens land in a South London estate and start to attack a tower block. It is up to the local gang to defeat the alien monsters and save the world.

It's a decent idea, but unfortunately the main `heroes' start off the film with a callous mugging, playing up the stereotype of gang members, and from that point on I had no interest in the characters. It is hard to follow a film when the main characters are so fundamentally unlikeable. Despite a subtext of consequences for actionas and redemption at no point could I find even the remotest connection to any of the heroes. There are some interesting ideas here, I quite liked the idea of the aliens and the reasons for their attacking the block but it is not acted, directed or written with enough skill to get me interested in the film. And as for the aliens, I know there was a limited budget but surely they could have come up with something scarier looking than a hairy black pudding.

The ever dependable Nick Frost has a cameo, but is criminally underused. He does the best with the material given to him, but there is nothing there really for him to get his teeth into.

OK, I was't expecting oscar winning material from a low budget B movie, but something vaguely entertaining would have been nice.

All in all an OK creature feature, but largely unengaging so two stars only.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER on 31 July 2013
Format: DVD
Jodie Whittaker plays a nurse who is robbed while walking home by a gang of boys. During the robbery an alien crash lands nearby. Using knives, the gang manages to kill the alien while the victim nurse escapes. The kids carry around the body of the alien not knowing what to do with it. They end up at a flat (Ron's Weed Room) with a stoner who looks like a younger Ozzy (Nick Frost). The boys see more space aliens landing. All agog the gather ceremonial swords, clubs, Roman candles and a dog that looks like Spuds to go hunt aliens...only this time they are bigger and meaner, looking like hairy worgs with several rows of neon teeth that glow in the dark.

The boys run for their lives, along with the nurse, trying to avoid aliens, a rival gang, and cops. The aliens have no eyes and hunt by smell, which takes the gang a while to figure out. They are tracking down Moses, the gang leader who killed the first alien.

The movie had enough comedy to keep us entertained, while stopping short of being a comedy. There are brief moments of irony and juxtaposition to lets us know the writer and director aren't complete idiots. While the movie makes for a great independent, some of the acting and lines seemed a bit forced. I think a couple of early scenes with a little background on the main characters could have added to the movie and created something to build on, i.e. give us a glimpse of some future saving event.

All in all, for those who like quirky sci-fi horror, this one is well worth a view.

F-bomb, No sex, no nudity.
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23 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Mr. John J. Hill on 3 May 2012
Format: DVD
Having seen how split the reviews are, I feel moved to write my own.
Lots of other viewers found it hard to engage with the characters because of the nasty mugging the commit at the beginning of the film, which is quite understandable, and perhaps if I'd been in a different mood when watching, I'd have felt the same. However, I think that the character arcs that they go through are the real strengths of this film. I've grown bored of films where the characters seem set in stone as 'goodies' or 'baddies'; Hollywood is the worst offender, but plenty of Brit-flicks do it too. The world isn't like that, people are complicated, and the script and acting are strong enough to make the progression of the characters believable.
Add to that that I love monster movies, especially when the CGI is not overwhelming, and the coarse humour gave me a lot of laughs.
There is some social commentary in here, but the film doesn't beat you round the head with it. The message I took was basically '15 is a bit young to be beyond redemption'.
Finally.. to use the complete unknown John Boyega as the lead was a risk that paid off brilliantly. I look forward to seeing him in bigger and more serious roles soon.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By sam lowry on 16 May 2012
Format: DVD
Never having been a big fan of the adam & joe show, but seeing the premise of the movie, and having the always watchable Nick Frost in it.
Taking a cast of largely unknowns and using the tried & trusted "Alien Invasion"(-to a localised area), this movie delivers.
Bravely having the young(er) cast members playing largely (at first) unsympathetic members of a "gang", and just on the cusp of adulthood(no pun intended!).
I was aware of the initial "mugging" that gets the movie rolling, and was intrigued by how Joe Cornish would write himself out of such a difficult start. He delivers character arcs, that are both believable and true to the nature of the movie. Cornish also makes the difficult decision of killing sympathetic & unsympathetic alike.
Cornish also adds very topical and true social commentary-when asking Jodie Whittaker what her boyfriend does-she states helping starfing children in Africa. "What about the starving children in uk" is the answer.

Genuinely eerie, with genuine shocks, character Arcs, and an emotional wallop--and a young and excellent cast, whom all hopefully have good careers in front of them.
Excellent
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