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Attack The Block (DVD)
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Attack The Block (DVD)
Date: 08/04/12, updated on 08/04/12 (8 review reads)
Advantages: Realism (Even though its science fiction)
Disadvantages: Local dialect
Attack the Block
Attack the Block is a science fiction, action film. It is set in Kennington, England a South London council estate. At the film's heart is a young street gang defending themselves, and their block of flats, against an alien attack that they find themselves caught up in. The film starts with a group of hostile teenagers managing to kill, what seems to them, as the only foreign intruder and they decide to try and sell it for profit, but they quickly come to realise they have set themselves up to become the centre of the immense onslaught, which is what the film develops into.
Actors and Characters
The cast are all young, homegrown talent; they are John Boyega, Alex Esmail, Franz Drameh, Leeon Jones, Simon Howard, and Luke Treadaway. They all play very good parts and should be applauded as it was at no point bad or cringe worthy. My only personal criticism is there are a few too many of the "you get me[s]" and such, after every other line. Although it may be accurate to the local dialect, it does get slightly repetitive and the film could do without half of it. Jodie Whittaker, who is a slightly more established actress, plays a character called Sam, a resident who undeservedly gets caught up in the fighting. Then there is Nick Frost. His character, Ron - a local drug dealer (as expected) adds a little comedy to the film, nothing over the top though as this is still basically an action film.
The aliens could have been a lot worse; they do leave a bit to the imagination. Even though this is at heart a science fiction movie, had the producers gone with a more 'War of the Worlds' style enemy it would somehow seem less believable and realistic. A poor portrayal of the invading force could have really ruined the film. But the creators, in my opinion, have done well. Attack the Block's aliens, in ways could be creatures of Earth, with their gorilla and dog like appearance. This form, combined with the locals' weaponry - including flip knifes and fireworks make it all a more balanced and therefore exciting battle. My only disapproval would be that for the size they are they should be a lot more powerful and harder to kill - but then again they are an extraterrestrial being, so who knows.
The soundtrack is a complete original composition, created especially for the film. It is scored, fittingly, by the South London based band Basement Jaxx and if you are familiar with their work you can hear their trademark kind of sound. I think their mysterious, electronic sound really helps build the atmosphere of the alien attack. There are a few hip hop/rap songs during the movie, Sound of Da Police by KRS-One and Get That Snitch by Mikis Michaelides are the most familiar (I won't recite any of the lyrics for the obvious reason of their hip hop theme). These help remind the viewer what environment they are in (the hostile, gang controlled, council owned estate). Adding these few locally listened to songs, the viewer is brought a little closer into the story, making it more than just another massive budget apocalyptic blockbuster.
This movie has surpassed my expectation; a lot of friends had compared it to 'Shaun of the Dead' and 'Hot Fuzz', both of which I am not a great fan of. Being British, it was quite refreshing to sit through. It makes a change from being bombarded with movies with the United States' skyline - Monster attacks in New York City ('Cloverfield'), tornadoes in Los Angeles ('The Day After Tomorrow'). It seems to sell its self around its most famous actor Nick Frost but it doesn't need to; the young, relatively unknown cast do well on their own accord. Attack the Block is a really decent watch; funny in parts and action packed throughout. I think it is great right from the very beginning right up to the finish and definitely one to watch more than just once.
Summary: As per conclusion