Excerpt: In a council estate in Southern London, a group of wayward youths led by a teenager named Moses (John Boyega) encounter an odd-looking creature... so they kill it. Soon, they are caught in the middle of an alien invasion with giant murderous creatures out to get them.
Excerpt: Joe Cornish 's "Attack the Block" is a film I have been reading a lot about over the course of the year - it has been playing many film festivals overseas, enjoying a gradual release across the United States and had great word of mouth spread through the blogosphere. When I was recently in the States, I was lucky enough to catch it for myself.
Excerpt: You’re supposed to come away from this “aliens invade London” movie with a message. No, really, a message in a movie about invading silhouette aliens with glowing teeth: The police are morons. Yes, that’s actually what the final moments are there to insinuate. For about 80 minutes, Attack the Block follows a group of London’s thuggish as they jump a woman on the streets through their survivalist struggle within their apartment complex.
Excerpt: Attack the Block is wholly original and entertaining, believe! While shot on a low budget with many new and young actors, this film far exceeds similar, recent alien invasion films, due to its wonderful style and confidence one can glean from the filmmaking portrayed here. Coming from the producers of Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, Attack the Block is a wonderful blend of sci-fi, horror, action, and comedy that I can easily see as becoming a cult classic.
Excerpt: If blockbusters were determined by Internet buzz, the biggest summer movie of 2011 wasn't Transformers , Captain America , or Cars 2 . In fact, it probably never even made it to a theater near you. British alien invasion flick Attack the Block hit it big on the film festival circuit and at Comic-Con, sending those who saw it to their blogs and Twitter feeds to spread the word. It was the kind of viral hype that major studios spend millions trying to manufacture.
Conclusion: 'Attack the Block' is a treat because you're really not sure what to expect from it, until you're about halfway through and you realize that this low-budget movie is one of the best alien invasion movies out there. It may be set on a small scale, but it's got a big heart. With people like Wright pulling the strings behind the camera, it's easy to see where the movie gets its signature frantic action-packed feel. It's a hysterically thrilling action movie.
Excerpt: The Film Rough and tumble teens from an inner city neighborhood in South London encounter an alien invasion in Attack the Block . The gang, which calls itself BLOCK, is out on the streets for just another night in the neighborhood when a mugging they're pulling off gets interrupted by an alien that drops in, literally. Suddenly the gang goes into protection mode to go after, and kill, the threat to the 'hood.
Summary: Welcome to the end brother. The unusual and the fantastical has long since been a staple of fiction, be it on page or on the screen, both large and small. Man has an innate draw to experience the abnormal, the scary, the worst case scenario from the comfort of his own chair, tucked safely away in a theater, a living room, on the back porch, or out on the beach.
Excerpt: Attack The Block is such a straightforward, unpretentious bit of entertainment that it seems dangerous to overpraise it for things like its subversive social commentary, effortless tweaking of genre conventions, or clear-eyed but subtle critique of modern race relations. At the same time, the movie is so damn good it deserves all that praise and more.