REVIEW: Attack The Block

To start off with, this really looked like your vintage alien-invasion film that is just a bit of fun nothing else. However, at first despite that the story is still a rather weak one, I did think that there is something special thatAttack The Block will deliver or maybe even surprise the viewers. It really is the perfect film that one would describe as a film that is ridiculously stupid; but at the same time, it is such a fun film to watch! Another way of putting it is that Attack The Block is a film that’s impossible to rave about, but is also a film that you just cannot put down and heavily criticise.

There were moments within Attack The Block that were surprising good, such as the plot was quite basic to start off with but as the film progressed, it went more heartfelt and thought-provoking and that is where a film succeeds. It had its humorous moments but I personally wouldn’t call it a laugh-out-loud comedy; due to the fact that the film perhaps goes too serious and stops being funny.

A group of London teens find themselves in the middle of an alien invasion, and fight to defend their tower block from some evil extraterrestrials. The film begins with a young woman named Sam, who whilst on her way home, comes across a gang of young thugs as she passes through a South London housing estate. However, while she is in the midst of being robbed, a rampaging alien falls down from the stars and attacks. Later, as the police assist Sam in pursuing her assailants, strange lights start to rain down on the streets, heralding the arrival of a second, more ferocious wave of creatures. With the city under siege, there’s no place left to run. Quickly realizing she’s going to have to fight if she wants to survive, Sam tracks down the street tough teens that were in the midst of mugging her when the invasion began, and vows to battle alongside them to the bitter end.

Apart from Nick Frost, I don’t think one single actor in Attack The Block came to mind that had been seen in a film before. So, I wasn’t really sure what to expect. John Boyega, the leading actor in Attack The Block gave a surprisingly decent performance as Moses. Naming the leading character Moses when he’s a teenage thug with a hoodie is unique but extraordinarily funny. There are two things that the characters in this film show us that are very important! One: it expresses that only the slightest thing can change somebody’s life forever. Two: the film as a whole perfectly demonstrates how badly Britain has become, especially teenagers and what their day-to-day activities involve. Understandably, the gang of boys are easily dislikeable characters, but they do show what a lot of youths in the UK have become. Jodie Whittaker was rather annoying in my opinion as Sam, the unfortunate young nurse who gets stuck in this sticky situation with the gang and the aliens. You know those actors who play their characters really dry with no style and almost doesn’t really feel anything? That is what she was like in Attack The Block. Nick Frost makes a great supporting appearance in this film as well as he portrays the tower block’s drug dealer, Ron. You just cannot walk out of a film that stars Nick Frost without him making you laugh once or twice. His role in this is a tad more serious than anything he’s done in quite a while, but he still does make you chuckle at one time or another during the film.

Joe Cornish, someone who was at the brink of his directorial debut, but perhaps someone who hasn’t really been recognised despite being a co-writer of The Adventures Of Tintin: The Secret Of The Unicorn and making a mild appearance in Hot Fuzz. Although I wouldn’t callAttack The Block that was ”brilliantly filmed”, it certainly is a good start in Cornish’s career where we could be seeing some more fun projects from him in the upcoming future. As for the screenplay of the film, it was a mixed combination of typical British slang and a traditional professional script, but after watching it, it worked really well and is satisfying enough for entertainment.

Overall, Attack The Block is your typical alien invasion science-fiction film that provides entertainment, and entertainment only. There are two ways of comparing Attack The Block with other films is that it’s basically like both War Of The Worlds and Shaun Of The Dead but with chavs. It is far from one of the best films of 2011 but it is also far from one of the worst, and it perhaps is underrated, yes, but it isn’t really anything special.

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~ by SJMJ91 on 18/05/2012.

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