Attack The Block
To be honest, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect with Attack The Block. It’s been widely promoted as being like Shaun of the Dead and has Shaun co-star Nick Frost loitering around in some scenes. This alone got me interested, but there has also been a fair bit of buzz surrounding the film. Of course, low budget Brit horror/comedies can go either was, so I was prepared for a regrettable night.
Attack The Block however dose not disappoint. In fact it pretty much takes the whole alien invasion genre from from the multi-million dollar budgets of Hollywood movie monoliths, tears it limb from limb and re-invents the genre, injecting it with a long gone giddy excitement and a good dose of 80’s splatter and a shake of George Romero-esque social commentary to deliver a film that not only has you rolling in the isles wetting you pants with laughter, but equally has you hiding behind you seat shitting you pants in fear.
The film kicks off with five young teen kids from the local apartment block, located in an un-named South London local, mugging a young white lady, before being interrupted when something land on the car next to them with a huge bang and impressive explosion. On investigating the car wreak, the gang leader gets attacked by a small ape-like creature, which then runs off and the boys decide to run after it to take vengeance.
Of course this easy to dispatch alien is only the first of an invasion force of much nastier monsters who now want to seek vengeance of their own on this gang of boys who have retreated to the block and now find themselves needing the help of the lady they only just mugged.
Clocking in at a tight one hour twenty-eight minutes, writer and director Joe Cornish doesn’t waste a second of film in this fast paced tale of an unlikely community bonding together to protect their home.
With a cast of unknown actors, most of who are in their debut roles, Attack the Block manages to hold it’s head high, with characters who manage to wiggle their way into our hearts, trough their slightly warped sense of community and ironic sense of humour.
Reviewed by: Jonathan Read