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This review is from: Attack the Block [DVD]  (DVD)
As film aliens only ever seem to invade somewhere in the US, it's refreshing to see them attempting an invasion in a side of London rarely seen in British cinema. Notting Hill this isn't. It's not even Grange Hill for that matter.
On Bonfire Night, a small group of kids who the Daily Mail would call a feral gang mug a nurse on her way home. Almost immediately after, an alien crashes to the ground. The kids manage to kill it and think they're bad boys for doing so. Unfortunately, their mindless actions have consequences in the form of other aliens coming to find out what happened to the first. It's obvious from early on that the nurse and kids will need to team up if they're going to survive the invasion.
The set up is interesting if not particularly original. The banter and relationship between the kids and between them and their dealer (Nick Frost) is reasonably entertaining, and the theme of consequences coming from actions is handled well. Other than that, Attack The Block is a big disappointment. Not funny enough to be classed as a comedy and not played straight enough to be taken seriously, it fails on both points. Comparisons are being made between this and Shaun of the Dead everywhere from the dvd cover to reviews here. It's not Shaun at all. Nick Frost is the only connection that can be made between the two films and his character is extremely underused. Sadly, it's not as clever or witty as its premise would suggest and while a few of the actors (namely John Boyega who plays the antihero Moses) perform their roles well, none are developed as fully as they could be. The resulting film is a big let-down.
Worth a rent if there's nothing else available on a Friday night and your expectations are low, but not a film to own.