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Attack the block
Attack The Block (DVD)
Member Name: ntg13
Attack The Block (DVD)
Advantages: Funny, scary, fantastically directed
***What is Attack the Block?***
Attack the block is a British film, the first to be directed by Joe Cornish (who also wrote it). It falls into the categories of sci-fi, comedy, action and horror. It was filmed on Heygate Estate in London and was released to the UK on the 13th May 2011. The film is rated R for creature violence, drug content and pervasive language.
The film is set on bonfire night in a London housing estate and begins with a gang of five teenagers mugging a young woman at knife point. The attack is interrupted when something (seemingly a firework) crashes into a nearby car, giving the woman chance to escape and the teenagers something to explore. It turns out that the object that crashed through the car was an alien who attacks the gang leader. I could give away much more, but rather than spoil the film for anyone wishing to watch it I'll simply say that throughout the rest of the film we see the gang trying to protect their housing block from more aliens.
The special effects in the film are quite good throughout. The fact that it's bonfire night means that there is plenty going on and lighting is used fantastically (especially in the corridors of the block) throughout the film. The aliens are quite simplistic in looks, with the exception of the first (which is female, the later ones are male) but I think this is far better than over doing them as it leaves far more to the imagination (also they are described as being blacker than black, I guess there's not much you can do with black...), they do move well though.
It's well worth noting that the soundtrack was composed (by Basement Jaxx and Stephen Price) especially for the film, so the music really fits well with what is happening. The sound track is full of the kinds of electronic sounds that you would expect from Basement Jaxx and also features some rap and hip-hop.
***Cast and characters***
The cast are all British actors, most of whom I've never heard of before (Jodie Whittaker; a nurse and Nick Frost; a drug dealer, being the exceptions to this) and all play their parts brilliantly. The lead gang member Moses (played by John Boyega) particularly leaves a great impression as the character is quite complex and sullen and the part is played excellently.
The rest of the gang are played by Alex Esmail, Franz Drameh, Leeon Jones and Simon Howard. Alex Esmail (known as Pest in the film) was a favourite of mine as he has a lot of funny lines.
Nick Frost plays drug dealer Ron, who's boss is known as Hi-Hatz (played by Jumayn Hunter) and a customer of theirs Brewis (played by Luke Treadaway) was another favourite of mine due to his comedy value.
Being a bit of a fan of sci-fi and generally enjoying British films, I thought that Attack the block would be worth a watch. I'm really glad I gave it a go as I thoroughly enjoyed it. In my opinion this film really does deserve 5 stars as I found myself drawn into the film and the characters and cant fault a single thing. The way in which the story developed and the characters interlinked was interesting and although it can be hard to warm to five "Chavs" or "Hoodies" who start out the film with a mugging I did find myself warming to them as the story moved along. While some parts of the film were genuinely scary or left me on the edge of my seat, others were laugh out loud funny. Watching this was 88 minutes well spent for me.
Summary: A fantastic British sci-fi film that will make you laugh.