- Actors: Jodie Whittaker, Luke Treadaway, Maggie McCarthy, John Boyega, Alex Esmail
- Directors: Joe Cornish
- Producers: Nira Park, James Wilson
- Format: PAL
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Number of discs: 1
- Classification: 15
- Studio: Studiocanal
- DVD Release Date: 13 May 2013
- Run Time: 88 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (223 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B00BURPB7Y
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 66,992 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
Attack The Block [DVD]
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Bonfire night, South London: Sam (Jodie Whittaker - St Trinians, Venus) is robbed by a gang of hooded youths. Suddenly a flaming meteor crash-lands close by. Sam makes her escape, but the gang are attacked by a small vicious alien. They kill the ghoulish invader, but their triumph is short lived. More aliens are invading and they’re bigger, stronger and out for blood. The gang’s only chance of survival is to take refuge within the concrete walls of their housing block. Teaming up with Sam and local drug dealer Ron (Nick Frost - Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz), they realise it’s time to step up and be heroes. From the producer of Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Scott Pilgrim vs the World and Paul, Attack the Block is the directorial debut of comedian and broadcaster Joe Cornish (The Adam and Joe Show). A sci-fi, horror, action, comedy with an old school flavour, it’s inner city versus outer space.
• Junior Commentary with Joe Cornish, John Boyega, Alex Esmail, Franz Drameh, Simon Howard & Leeon Jones
• Senior Commentary with Joe Cornish, Jodie Whittaker, Luke Treadaway and Nick Frost
• Executive Producer Commentary with Joe Cornish and Edgar Wright
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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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If you enjoy the overuse of stupid street slang as replacement for any decent dialogue go for it.
The fact the main protagonists are some of the most unlikable characters that don;'t get ripped apart in the most hideous way makes it a waste of time. I don't want to watch a bunch of feckless dregs become heroes when they should have been shot after the first 5 minutes for just being such hideous trailer trash bottom feeders (amazon doesn't let me write what I want to call them).
If the film picks up later on I couldn't be bothered to hang around and find out. If Ed Wright was going for a mockery of the street slang ghetto culture he hasn't really succeeded mainly because people that stupid really walk about in real life thinking they are all the big man.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was really, really disappointed by this film. I've been a fan of Joe Cornish for years, and Nick Frost too, but this film was just dire. Read morePublished 8 hours ago by Rob Morton
wicked movie man, definitely recommend it to people who like action, comedy, Si-Fi ect.Published 2 months ago by Rochelle Angus-Callum
Could not understand what these kids were saying, they were using a very indistinct version of East London meets Eastside LA meets the West Indies. Read morePublished 5 months ago by HG