“It’s been years since we have had a monster movie as exciting, as thrilling, as cleverly put together and just plain excellent” — Noah Lee, FILM THREAT
“What may sound like a basic, generic, derivative piece of genre puree is actually one of the slickest, quickest and slyly satisfying amalgams in quite some time!” — Scott Weinberg, FEARNET
Director: Joe Cornish
Screenplay: Joe Cornish
Cast: Nick Frost, Jodie Whittaker, Luke Treadaway, John Boyega
Producers: Edgar Wright, Jenny Borgars, Will Clarke, Matthew Justice, Nira Park, Tessa Ross, James Wilson
Print Source: Screen Gems
2010 | 12 min
While the seemingly well-to-do Sam (Jodie Whittaker) is being mugged one starry night, an alien shoots from the sky and crash-lands right next to a crew of South London teens. Upon their inspection, the creature takes a swipe at the face of stoic leader Moses (John Boyega), and being as fearless as they are, the group, rounded out by Dennis (Franz Drameh), Biggz (Simon Howard), Pest (Alex Esmail) and Jerome (Leeon Jones), set off after it, claiming its life as their prize while failing to think about any otherworldly consequences. Soon, a full-blown invasion is underway, and the boys, along with Sam, clueless pothead Brewis (Luke Treadaway), charismatic dealer Roy (Nick Frost of SHAUN OF THE DEAD) and very angry drug lord Hi-Hatz (Jumayn Hunter), must face the ever-growing horde of critters.
ATTACK THE BLOCK is simply revelatory, in terms of the talent and poise of its young and mostly unknown cast, in terms of the style and assurance of writer/director Joe Cornish and most of all, in terms of the idea that an incredibly funny, frightening and clever tale can still be made from the moulds of both alien-invasion and kids-vs.-creatures films. Even those completely unacquainted with the culture of South London and its slang will find it easy to believe in these kids, their sense of humour, recreational habits and general outlook on life. And as in any good ensemble piece, each member of the crew bears a legitimate personality that, no matter how hardened they might be, quickly endears them to the audience. That endearment doesn’t come cheap, though. Cornish crafts a tale with true stakes, where the danger is palpable and the attacks are grisly and often far from humorous. While ATTACK THE BLOCK plays terrifically well in any setting, it’s wholly an audience — and particularly a Fantasia audience — picture. It begs for collective embracing of its scares, giant laughs and real heart. The film eschews blatant homage, and in doing so, just may be the real deal in capturing the energy and spirit akin to the early Amblin films so many cinema fans crave. But the movie is something all its own, and that something is truly great. Believe it, bruv.