Attack the Block

  • 15
  • Joe Cornish (2010)
  • Fr / UK
  • 84 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

For his feature debut as writer/director, Joe Cornish - of comedy duo Adam and Joe - combines his love of 1980s creature capers like Gremlins with a more contemporary concern: fear of teenage hoodies. His south London update of The Goonies features characters who are all patois and machismo, first seen mugging nurse Jodie Whittaker. However, they are soon forced to find the hero within when their "block" is targeted by sharp-toothed alien invaders. Cornish stages the nonstop siege action around the estate's walkways, garages and recycling bins like a master, and manages not to patronise his young protagonists, skilfully drawing upon his local, relatively inexperienced cast's ear for street language. Led by John Boyega's hardman Moses and Alex Esmail's stoner Pest, the cocky quintet - along with Luke Treadaway's over-caricatured posh boy and Nick Frost's avuncular dope dealer - are deftly exposed as three-dimensional. The slang, drugs and council-estate setting may put some audiences off, but they would be missing a socially conscious, energetic horror comedy that's scary and very funny.

Plot Summary

Sci-fi action comedy starring Nick Frost, Jodie Whittaker and John Boyega. On the mean streets of South London five teenagers in the process of mugging a woman are disturbed by an alien invader. Soon their housing estate is overrun with beings from outer space and the hunters have become the hunted.

Cast and crew

Cast

Sam
Jodie Whittaker
Moses
John Boyega
Ron
Nick Frost
Pest
Alex Esmail
Brewis
Luke Treadaway
Dennis
Franz Drameh
Jerome
Leeon Jones
Biggz
Simon Howard
Hi-Hatz
Jumayn Hunter
Tia
Danielle Vitalis
Margaret
Maggie McCarthy

Crew

Director
Joe Cornish

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Optimum Releasing
Guidance: 
Violence, swearing and drug abuse.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 13 May 2011
Certificate 15
Distributor:
Optimum Releasing
Categories
Comedy
Drama

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