Movie Details

Attack The Block

A group of London teens find themselves in the middle of an alien invasion, and fight to defend their tower block from some evil extraterrestrials in this stylish sci-fi flick from the producers of "Shaun of the Dead" and "Scott Pilgrim vs. The World". Chased by a gang of young thugs as she passes through a South London housing estate on her way home, Sam (Jodie Whittaker) is in the midst of being robbed when a rampaging alien falls down from the stars and attacks. Later, as the police assist Sam in pursuing her assailants, strange lights start to rain down on the streets, heralding the arrival of a second, more ferocious wave of creatures. With the city under siege, there`s no place left to run. Quickly realizing she`s going to have to fight if she wants to survive, Sam tracks down the street tough teens that were in the midst of mugging her when the invasion began, and plans to battle alongside them to the bitter end.

Language: English
Subtitle: NA
Classification: M18
Release Date: 29 Sep 2011
Genre: Action / Adventure / Comedy / Science Fiction
Running Time: 1 Hour 28 Minutes
Cast: Nick Frost, Jodie Whittaker, Luke Treadaway
Director: Joe Cornish
Format: NA


Writer: Ezekiel Lee Zhiang Yang

Writer Ratings:

Watch this if you liked: “Kablooey”, “Skyline”, “The Goonies”, “Gremlins”

While the rest of the waking world have turned up in droves to put even more money into Spielberg and Bay pockets, might we suggest a different but equally enjoyable intergalactic battle at the cinemas this season - "Attack The Block"!

Doing precisely what it says on the tin, "Attack The Block: Gangsters vs. Aliens" is "Gremlins"-meet-"Goonies" and we follow a gang of rowdy South London teens whose ordinary rowdy lives are changed overnight with the advent of an outrageous alien attack on their council flats, following what they thought was a meteor shower on Guy Fawkes Day.

Aside from the committed largely teenage cast, the real stars of the show - impossibly black, wolf-like critters (that one of the characters joked were "even blacker than my cousin Femi") - manage to hit that editing ambiguity where the creatures appear believably menacing enough without expensive SFX work.

What really elevates this from a pet project to an impressive, well-thought debut feature from frequent Edgar Wright collaborator Joe Cornish (the duo are behind the screenplay for Spielberg's upcoming "Adventures Of Tintin: The Secret Of The Unicorn") is the prevalent humour in the movie and how the audience can find it easy to relate to the simple and readily identifiable characters, save maybe their difficult London accents that may alienate the untrained ear of audiences in this region (or even maybe American viewers, as evident in some reports recently about worried U.S. distributors).

Nevertheless, "Attack The Block: Gangsters vs. Aliens" is a refreshing and welcome addition to the saturated monster movies we have come to expect from the market out there. Thank goodness it secured late release on these shores - better late than never!

Cinema Online, 08 July 2011
Effective 15 July 2011
G - Suitable for all ages
PG - Suitable for all ages, but parents should provide guidance to their young
PG13 - Suitable for persons aged 13 and above, but parental guidance is advised for children below 13
NC16 - Suitable for persons aged 16 years and above
M18 - Suitable for persons aged 18 years and above
R21 - Restricted to persons aged 21 and above only
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