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Street-Fi - a fun film that mixes it up and flips the script.,
This review is from: Attack The Block - Double Play (Blu-ray + DVD) (Blu-ray)
There seems to be a lot of third rate films being churned out by 'da yout dem' at the moment. All of them centred around the same old cliched themes that appeal to teenagers as glamorous.
For a while it seemed you couldn't move for what seemed to be lottery funded films dealing with drugs, guns and life 'on road'. I half expected Attack The Block to be another example of the genre, however I was wrong.
Attack The Block turned out to be a riot (no Tottenham-pun intended). It showed class and imagination, and not only that,real talent with a script which was very funny yet at the same time wildly different. Cleverly, it also managed to raise the usual 'issues' surrounding inner city life but in a more subtle and less gamlorous way.
It was only at the end of the film I realised why though. The film was written and direct by Joe Cornish who, if you're of a certain age, you'll remember from sitting up late at night to watch the 'Adam & Joe Show'. A brilliantly low budget TV programme that looked like it was filmed in his bedroom using his old toys.
Attack The Block manages to seamlessly mix the street theme with Sci-Fi and the result is out of this world (see what I did there? That's a space pun!). There is some very good acting in it too, which again, sets it apart from films like Kidulthood or Shank.
It's well worth a watch and I found I thoroughly enjoyed it. In a way, it's a shame that it took someone like Joe to make this film (it would have been nice if a genuinely underprivelaged writer had shown such creativity and had the vision to look beyond the streets) but the fact it has been made might strike a spark. Hopefully it will. Because if young talent want to ever truly escape the 'ghetto' they have to look past past it and find ways to engage with mainstream society and the world at large.
To sum up, Attack The Block was a great film. I thoroughly enjoyed it and it was 100 times better than I expected it to be. Joe Cornish has done a great job here and, considering his beginnings with a TV show that was virtually made in a cupboard, he shows us that great things can come from humble beginnings. Children of the Ghetto take note.