Attack the Block
Release year: 2011
Director: Joe Cornish
Screenwriter: Joe Cornish
Starring: John Boyega, Jodie Whittaker, Alex Esmail, Leeon Jones, Franz Drameh, Luke Treadaway, Nick Frost
As a teen gang led by Moses (Boyega) is robbing Sam (Whittaker) an alien strikes down next to them. As the one turn to several, the gang changes their focus to attacking the aliens and protecting their block.
Cornish’s (The Kid Who Would Be King, 2019) directorial feature film debut leaves promise of a great career for the Brit. The action works, the dialogue is sharp and fresh, the acting excellent and the humour tongue in cheek deliciously dark. In other words: Attack the Block is bound to be a cult classic and while it didn’t make a great impact at the box office, it received critical acclaim and nothing less than 4 nominations from movie magazine Empire. The characters are great and despite the relatively short running time and fast pace, you get a true sense of each one of them. They are led by Boyega in his feature film debut and who later made fame with his part as Finn in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) and his future stardom is hinted here where he delivers a strong performance as the gang leader Moses. But everyone from young to old are great with Frost (Shaun of the Dead, 2004) adding some fame dust as the local drug dealer. It is a confident and thrilling horror comedy but most of all it is entertaining and worthy several re-watches.
Joe Cornish interviewed kids in youth groups to find out how they would react if an alien invasion happened, like which weapons they would use against the aliens. He asked one of the girls, “What would you think of this creature if you found it?” The girl said, “I wouldn’t touch it, don’t want to get chlamydia.” That line, like several others, went straight into the script.
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