Attack the Block

Attack the Block

Joe Cornish (2010)

15 Certificate


Our Score
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.


A student nurse living in a south London tower block escapes a dangerous encounter with a teenage gang when aliens invade. As the creatures cause mayhem throughout the estate, she joins forces with her would-be attackers to fight off the extraterrestrial forces. Sci-fi comedy thriller, with Jodie Whittaker, John Boyega and Nick Frost.

Cast & Crew

Sam Jodie Whittaker
Moses John Boyega
Ron Nick Frost
Brewis Luke Treadaway
Creature Terry Notary
Pest Alex Esmail
Hi-Hatz Jumayn Hunter
Jerome Leeon Jones
Director Joe Cornish
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Optimum ReleasingGuidance: Violence, swearing and drug abuse.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 13 May 2011
Drama Comedy