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Attack The Block [DVD]

Nick Frost , Jodie Whittaker , Joe Cornish    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (150 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Nick Frost, Jodie Whittaker, Luke Treadaway
  • Directors: Joe Cornish
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Optimum Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 19 Sep 2011
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (150 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004TQOVP6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,488 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Full of gory practical effects and fluent pop-cultural references, Attack the Block--an alien invasion scenario squeezed into a single apartment building--belongs to the same species of British genre comedy as Edgar Wright's Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. Director Joe Cornish takes some clever routes around the limitations of his budget, filming on location in London's Heygate Estate (itself a once utopian science-fiction experiment) and mining the freshness of his young cast's authentic street slang. When the aliens arrive (they simply drop, during a frosty Bonfire Night, out of the shining pepper of the stars) they're also smartly designed: primal and supernatural, no detail escapes their digitally-blackened fur other than a set of menacingly glowing teeth, all of them incisors. The block's defence is up to a group of teenage hoods, lead by the imposing Moses (John Boyega) and reluctantly helped by middle-class neighbour Sam (Jodie Whittaker). Armed with fireworks and mounted on muscle bikes, they launch an entertaining and Spielbergian resistance through the block's labyrinth of corridors and walkways. As the body count racks up, Joe Cornish's smart script highlights the block's painful social divisions: Sam, the audience surrogate, is mugged by Moses' crew in the film's opening scene, and through Sam we're drawn into the poignant domestic lives of kids on the brink of gangsterism. More alien to each other than the beasts on their tail, the survival of these divided class members hangs on the recognition that they have a stake in each other. --Leo Batchelor

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Attack the Block is a fast, funny, frightening action adventure movie that pits a teen gang against an invasion of savage alien monsters. It turns a London housing estate into a sci-fi playground. A tower block into a fortress under siege. And teenage street kids into heroes. It¹s inner city versus outer space.

Trainee nurse Sam is walking home to her flat in a scary South London tower block when she’s robbed by a gang of masked, hooded youths. She’s saved when the gang are distracted by a bright meteorite, which falls from the sky and hits a nearby parked car. Sam flees, just before the gang are attacked by a small alien creature that leaps from the wreckage. The gang chase the creature and kill it, dragging its ghoulish carcass to the top of the block, which they treat as their territory.

While Sam and the police hunt for the gang, a second wave of meteors fall. Confident of victory against such feeble invaders, the gang grab weapons, mount bikes and mopeds, and set out to defend their turf. But this time, the creatures are bigger. Much bigger. Savage, shadowy and bestial, they are hunting their fallen comrade and nothing will stand in their way. The estate is about to become a battleground. And the bunch of no-hope kids who just attacked Sam are about to become her, and the block’s, only hope.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Attack the Block: OK creature feature 12 Oct 2011
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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4.0 out of 5 stars I MISSED THE CLASS ON ALIEN BITE WOUNDS, 31 July 2013
By The Movie Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER
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
5.0 out of 5 stars A lot of fun 3 May 2012
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
5.0 out of 5 stars ATTACK THE BLOCK...EXCELLENT 16 May 2012
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Attack The Block DVD
Thank you vdry much for sending this DVD so quickly, ot' ss a great film and I love watching it with my kids.
Published 22 days ago by beaparhaol
5.0 out of 5 stars Underrated star.
This is a wonderful little gem. John Boyega (just announced for Star Wars Episode VII) doesn't a brilliant job a Moses the leader this little gang of bad people who aren't as bad... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Patrick
5.0 out of 5 stars has its moments
Not to everyone's taste but has some brilliantly funny moments and some home truths about council estate living.... Some stereotypical sets can be annoying though :-)
Published 1 month ago by David Baker
5.0 out of 5 stars Never tire of watching this film, love it.
Funny, thought provoking, entertaining escapism. No more words needed except we love it, love it, love it, love it, love it!!!
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Great film
Great film that you watch over and over...if just to catch all the dialogue!! Great cast of relative unknowns, great writing!
Published 2 months ago by lesley paterson
4.0 out of 5 stars arrived almost instantly!
a whacky film for those who want to just sit back and be entertained. - and not just for teenagers. A sort of British' Trollhunters' ...
Published 3 months ago by macca
3.0 out of 5 stars Hot Off The Blocks...
The yoof of today take on the biggest, nastiest invasion London has seen since the last time Manchester City played at Wembley. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Dave
1.0 out of 5 stars Why glorify gang culture and low life thugs
How can the main 'heroes' of the film be the exact opposite: little scumbags? I could not even watch 15 min as I was annoyed with their language (should be illegal). Read more
Published 4 months ago by Cgchris
5.0 out of 5 stars Safe, fam
Besides the aliens, it's a really good film. Fun to watch. I watched with my dad who is 60 and he enjoyed it. Allow it.
Published 4 months ago by dozza
5.0 out of 5 stars very fun
This film was a Christmas present for my brother as I had seen it and thought it was a very funny film with a great storyline. He has watched it and also thinks it is a great film.
Published 6 months ago by KirstyJ
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