Attack the Block

08/22/2015 15:04

Film: Attack the Block

Year: 2011

Director: Joe Cornish

Writer: Joe Cornish

Starring: John Boyega, Jodie Whittaker and Alex Esmail

 

Review:

This film begins with a young woman leaving work, she is a nurse and she is played by Jodie Whittaker. She got out late and it is dark. A celebration is going on with fireworks. On her way she is blocked by a group of hoodlums, led by John Boyega. They rob her of her money and a ring she is wearing. During this attack, something falls from the sky onto a nearby parked car.

Boyega goes to steal what he can from it and is attacked by whatever crashed into the car. He gets anger when the thing flees. With his gang they chase after it, cornering it inside a shed where they kill it.

They return to their block riding high from killing the thing and go up to a weed grower who lives on the top floor. They bring the dead alien to store in his weed room until they figure out what to do with it. While there, Boyega talks to the local gangster who runs the area, who is played by Jumayn Hunter. Hunter recruits him and gives him drugs to sell for him.

Boyega returns to his friends to see more things falling from the sky. They decide to get weapons and kill more of them. While this goes on, Whittaker goes to the police about the attack and the police tell her they will make a pass of the area to find them.

When the gang gets out there, they find out these monsters are a lot larger and they are angry. Boyega gets busted by the cops and as they are locking him up, the police get attacked. To escape he steals their van, with Whittaker in the back and tries to hide it in a parking garage. The problem is during this, they crash into Hunter’s car.

The gang escapes back to the block, with the aliens seeming to know where they are at all times. Plus with Hunter angry and on their trail, will they survive this attack?

This film was surprising good. The action is solid. It is realistic, outside of the aliens sometimes. They are pitch black with no eyes, but have glowing teeth. Sometimes their mouths look like eyes with how they have them and that is a good effect. There are some good camera angles with things to see in the background which makes this better to me.

Another thing I like, this film makes a lot of references to other movies and I liked that. They reference British and American movies of variety of genres which makes it interesting.

I would recommend giving this one a viewing. They are all British and talk in slang, so subtitles where needed for me to fully enjoy this one. The action is good though, the story moves along nicely and the pacing is well done. A fun movie that has a different take on the alien invasion genre makes for an interesting view.

 

My Rating: 7 out of 10