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Attack the Block 2011

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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:
Jodie Whittaker, John Boyega
Runtime:
1 hour, 24 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Science Fiction, Action & Adventure, Teen & Young Adult, Comedy
Director Joe Cornish
Starring Jodie Whittaker, John Boyega
Supporting actors Alex Esmail, Leeon Jones, Franz Drameh, Simon Howard, Maggie McCarthy, Danielle Vitalis, Paige Meade, Gina Antwi, Natasha Jonas, Sammy Williams, Michael Ajao, Luke Treadaway, Flaminia Cinque, Nick Frost, Jumayn Hunter, Selom Awadzi, Adam Buxton, Haneen Hammou
Studio Studiocanal
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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I enjoyed this film - I didn't think I would. The budget was obviously quite low, but the acting skills of 'drama school kids' wasn't so bad at all. Alot of this film seems to have been shot in the abandoned/derelict flats of the Heygate Estate in Elephant and Castle, London (I could be wrong though). Overall a solid 9/10 for effort on this one.
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By Call me Al TOP 500 REVIEWER on 31 May 2016
Format: DVD
Despite this British SF horror-comedy having at its centre an intriguing premise, adrenaline-fuelled action sequences, great cinematography, some marvellous one-liners, appropriate scares and countless references to other SF films, I found myself disliking what I was watching. The reason for this is that when we are first introduced to the small street gang of south London teenage boy anti-heroes they are mugging a defenceless young woman at knife point, relishing the power they have over her - and no amount of pseudo-social commentary and humour could persuade me (after observing that unsavoury incident) that any of these unlikable characters were worth saving from the alien creatures who are hunting them. I have to admit that I was totally on the side of the extra-terrestrials out for retribution after the gang kills the first alien and then proudly parades its corpse to some cannabis-heads in their ‘block’. The scenes in the tower block are undoubtedly excellent but in my opinion for a movie like this to succeed you have to be rooting for the ‘good guys’ and in this case I’m not sure they were and I definitely wasn’t. But hey, that's just my opinion. I suggest that you watch the movie yourself and make up your own mind whether these youths are worth rooting for.
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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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By A L H TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 28 Sept. 2015
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Attack the Block is an enjoyable British horror/sci-fi/comedy that is not to be taken too seriously. It is clearly low budget and has a B-Movie feel, but there is a lot of good humour that carries it a long way. Lots of amusing lines and silly situations can be found here, and there isn't too much in the way of gore, it's played for laughs. I enjoyed it as a fun little distraction, it probably won't be winning any awards, but it's good fun,
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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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Joe Cornish (the "Joe" of Channel 4's Adam & Joe) mixes aliens with youth culture in his directorial debut, 'Attack the Block', which tells the story about a gang of 'hoodies', who are interrupted mid-mugging by an alien landing on earth, and promptly beat and kill it. Their bravado soon melts away when it appears that this alien was merely the prelude to much nastier monsters, which targets the block of flats in which the gang live.

Focusing on the gang of youths as the lead characters, there is a necessity to get the slang that they use, and is used on a daily basis by gangs across South London, sounding authentic and whilst most of their phrases, 'bruv' 'fam' 'sick' are used correctly, it doesn't stop it from sounding false, overused and written by someone who has no experience with life on the streets. Compared to the likes of `Kidulthood' which dealt with youth culture in a more realistic and authentic manner, this area of the film seems to ring untrue to me, although in its defence, 'Kidulthood' didn't have man-eating aliens in it, so perhaps realism is relative.

It is intriguing that the lead characters are portrayed 'warts and all' and are shown aggressively mugging someone, rather than having their misdeeds assumed and off-screen. It makes it hard for us to sympathise with these characters at first, and we are in the same position as Sam (the woman who is mugged and eventually drawn into the fray) in that gradually grow to see things from their point of view and view them as worthy anti-heroes, despite their flaws.
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