DVD review: Attack the Block

Alien invaders target a high-rise in Joe Cornish's feature debut

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Attack the Block (Cert: 15)

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4 stars

In a nutshell: It’s hoodies v aliens in this horror comedy

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. First seen mugging nurse Jodie Whittaker, the young protagonists are all patois and machismo, but are soon forced to find the hero within when their “block” is targeted by alien invaders. Cornish stages the nonstop siege action like a master – 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.

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Formats: DVD and Double Play (Blu-ray and DVD)
Extras: A one-hour making-of documentary, a look at the aliens of Attack the Block and various fun featurettes