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Attack the Block

2011-11-04 11:39
Attack the Block
What it's about:

From the producers of Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, Attack the Block follows a gang of tough inner-city kids who try to defend their turf against an invasion of savage alien creatures, turning a South London apartment complex into an extraterrestrial warzone.

Set on a council estate in South London on Bonfire night, the film follows a street gang, Moses (John Boyega), Pest (Alex Esmail), Dennis (Franz Drameh), Jerome (Leeon Jones) and Biggz (Simon Howard). While they are mugging nurse Sam (Jodie Whittaker), a fiery object falls from the sky, crashing through the roof of a nearby car. When they investigate, they discover a creature from the meteor and they kill it. Soon more aliens crash land and the gang has to defend themselves and their council estate from the alien invaders.

What the critics thought:

"Attack the Block demands to be seen simply because it is a thrill - a pulse-raiser whose perfect construction and pointed wit make it one of the year's most exciting films."
- John DeFore, Washington Post

"It's wall-to-wall sci-fi pop-culture bric-a-brac, yet it feels organic. There's something more at stake than the fate of a movie-ish Earth."
- David Edelstein, New York Magazine

"Irreverently funny without ever being spoofy... The one-liners are hilarious, and Cornish has a deft touch at weaving social commentary on urban gentrification into the narrative."
- Ian Buckwalter, NPR

Inner-city vs. outer-space.
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