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Attack the Block

July 22, 2011

Pest: That’s an alien, bruv!

Finally, the first great horror film of 2011, and quite possibly the best film of the year. Attack the Block is entertaining, scary, hilarious, and original. What makes this film so great is it’s originality, which is defined by the films simple storytelling of what would happen if an alien invasion occurred in a dark, dangerous hotel complex. Attack the Block is not well known, and it is a disappointment because I would expect mainstream audiences to love a film like this, but many American’s most likely won’t understand the British humor (and the very strong British accents). Nevertheless, Attack the Block is a very great film that is destined to become a cult classic.

Attack the Block is the simple story of a group of dangerous and stupid misfits who, after robbing an innocent woman, find an alien in a car, and kill it. Soon after a lot of commotion happens, the boys befriend the girl, and aliens begin attacking their block (apartment building). Sounds pretty simple right? Wrong. Throughout this one night, there are several gang fights, human emotion, and lots and lots of alien blood. The main character, Moses, is the main focus of the film and we are focused on his emotional transformation throughout.

In this review, I will not say anything negative about this film, because there is nothing negative to say about this film. To me, this is the kind of experience I want at the movies each and every time. This film is unbelievably funny throughout, and quite scary actually. I’ll admit, I jumped at a few of these alien pop-outs. But all-together, what we have here is something incredibly special and very, very original, very funny throughout, well-acted, and perfect in every single way, shape, form, or alien.

For a debut, Joe Cornish does amazingly perfect in every way. He makes all the right shots, and seems to know exactly what he’s doing and should have other independent filmmakers scratching their heads and making better films (I’m talking to you, Wayne Wang). We are also very lucky to have the great Edgar Wright as an executive producer on the film, and his frequent film star Nick Frost, who is downright riotous as a drugged out flatmate. The film is well-written and well executed and I am glad I saw it (twice already!).

I realize that there isn’t much to say when you have yourself a perfect movie, so I shall rap up here. Attack the Block is awesome, that’s it, it’s just plain fun and excitement for everyone and has great effects on such a low budget. We are presented with fantastic performances, a stellar soundtrack, and a smart, funny, well written script. With all that said, we additionally have a very strong directorial debut from Joe Cornish that makes me wonder what his future projects will be. Ultimately, Attack the Block is simply brilliant and by far the best film of the year. Highly recommended.

Attack the Block = 5 out of 5

3 Comments leave one →
  1. August 29, 2011 11:34 pm

    You my acquaintance are a genius

  2. September 1, 2011 7:49 pm

    By no means considered it that way.

  3. September 6, 2011 8:27 am

    Thank you.

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