Wednesday, 28 September 2011


"Robbed by a gang of hooded youths isn't the worse thing that could happen to you on Fireworks Night, as Sam (Jodie Whittaker), a trainee nurse, discovers when a meteorite falls from the sky and destroys a nearby car. The gang, annoyed by such an inconvenience, investigate and discover an alien has crash landed, so instead of phoning home, they kick its head in.

While Sam and the police hunt for the gang, a second wave of meteors fall, and relishing a bloodbath against such feeble opposition, the gang grab weapons, mount scooters and set out to defend their block. The only problem is, this time, the invaders are bigger. Much bigger. It isn't long before both parties realise their best chance of survival is to forgive and fight, and so begins Joe Cornish's brilliant debut feature dubbed inner city versus outer space.

Bearing a positive comparison with Shaun of the Dead (2004), this wonderful sci-fi/comedy/horror mash up maintains a quirky identity of its own with cracking dialogue and some excellent performances by its young cast. Joe Cornish keeps things moving speedily along with some neat set-pieces and a thumping soundtrack, while the monsters themselves are confidently created, and after a troubling opening reveal, are some of the coolest martians in recent years. 

Injected with a sense of old-school fun it's not surprising that thanks to the directors previous credits, Attack the Block is one of the funniest films of the year, with an outrageous mixture of gore and gags, played perfectly straight by the majority of the cast, which of course makes the whole ride even more enjoyable - just remember, this ain't Pokemon."                                             DW

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