Thursday, May 26, 2011

Attack the Block

The early buzz about this film is very much deserved. "Attack the Block" comes from the creators of "Shaun of the Dead" (2004) and "Hot Fuzz" (2007). The film certainly had a "Doctor Who" holiday special vibe to it. However, it was more the survival guide to dealing with an alien invasion that kept me entertained. Falls into the SciFi category, it fortunately doesn't try to be more than it is. By not taking itself too serious the comedy element comes through to compliment the action.

The film follows a street gang, Moses (John Boyega), Pest (Alex Esmail), Dennis (Franz Drameh), Jerome (Leeon Jones) and Biggz (Simon Howard). While they are mugging Sam (Jodie Whittaker), an object falls from the sky, crashing through the roof of a nearby car. Viewed as an opportunity to loot the vehicle Moses reaches inside only to discover a creature from the meteor and they kill it. Soon more aliens crash land and the gang has to defend themselves and their council estate from the alien invaders. The alien is described best looking like "a monkey fucked a fish" and as gorilla wolf monsters. Whatever you want to call them, they are pretty gnarly looking and blacker than black.

The best advice that the movie provides as the survival guide to an alien invasion is that rather than calling the authorities, that "you'd be better off calling the Ghostbusters”. Terrific one-liners like this as well as the two kids that play Probs and Mayhem contribute to comedy of the film. I could almost see Probs and Mayhem getting their own movie, or special short film, on the DVD.

The social media campaign for the film is funny, and suggests everyone to follow @atbmovie on twitter as well as the hash tags for #trust and #blockheads. Everyone should believe the hype surrounding the film and I give it 3 Quacks.

(screening date 5/25/11, release date UNKNOWN, location Regal Gallery Place)

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