Attack The Block Review

Attack The Block is a science fiction horror film that is written and directed by Joe Cornish. It stars Nick Frost, Jodie Whittaker, John Boyega, and Luke Treadaway and is produced by Edgar Wright. It premiered at SXSW but has not been released wide in the US yet. It was released in the UK on May 11th.

The movie is set in South London on Bonfire Night. While a young street gang is mugging a nurse, a fiery object falls from the sky. They discover a creature in the wreckage and kill it, but more objects begin to fall. They take the creature to the local drug dealer, because he watches National Geographic. They must team up with an unlikely partner to defend themselves, and their neighborhood from these alien invaders.

Most of the film follows the unlikely band of young heroes as they attempt to defend their block from the onslaught of teeth baring extra-terrestrials.  Although the film is filled with comedy, the scenes with Nick Frost and Luke Treadaway are the comedy gems amongst the dark hallways and firecracker offenses.

This is definitely a film for the nerds, references from Pokemon to Lord of the Rings are peppered throughout.  What nerd hasn’t fantasized about how they might fair against an alien incursion in their own back yard?

A great cast comprised mostly of young newbies plays the band of improbable heroes.  John Boyega, in his film debut, is excellent as the stoic constant that keeps the group together.  The creatures were quite interesting and very well done.  The plot is a bit convoluted in places and the film does not cover any new ground, but it does have comedy, heart and loyalty.

Here’s the trailer:

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