Attack the Block

Attack the Block

Attack the Block’ is a fast, funny, frightening action adventure movie that pits a teen gang against an invasion of savage alien monsters. It turns a London housing estate into a sci-fi playground. A tower block into a fortress under siege. And teenage street kids into heroes. It’s inner city versus outer space. 3.4 out of 5 based on 10 reviews
Attack the Block

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Genre Sci-Fi / Fantasy, Action / Adventure
Director Joe Cornish
Cast Luke Treadaway, Jodie Whittaker Nick Frost
Studio Optimum Releasing
Release Date May 2011
Running Time 88 mins
 

Attack the Block’ is a fast, funny, frightening action adventure movie that pits a teen gang against an invasion of savage alien monsters. It turns a London housing estate into a sci-fi playground. A tower block into a fortress under siege. And teenage street kids into heroes. It’s inner city versus outer space.

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Reviews

Empire Magazine

Chris Hewitt

In a cinematic landscape littered with aliens that all look the same, Cornish’s creatures are bold and memorable creations, jet-black and ferocious gorilla-wolves with luminescent teeth and claws, savaging characters in scenes that recall An American Werewolf In London.

13/05/2011

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The Guardian

Peter Bradshaw

Cornish has made an impressive debut: in his early comedy career, he made his name by pastiching and taking the mickey out of Hollywood movies. But this doesn't look like a pastiche; it looks like the real thing.

12/05/2011

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The Daily Mail

Chris Tookey

This is not so much a parody of sci-fi monster movies as an affectionate pastiche. There are enough laughs to qualify as black comedy, but it’s also scary enough to be thrilling. It’s in the tradition of An American Werewolf In London, Gremlins and Tremors, and as enjoyable as any of them. The special effects are outstanding for a film that cost only £8 million.

13/05/2011

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Time Out

Tom Huddleston

Attack the Block’ isn’t perfect – the aliens are a tad unremarkable and the final blowout never hits the frenzied peak it might have – but it’s hard to imagine British audiences having more fun in a cinema this year

11/05/2011

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The Times

Kate Muir

Some things make you proud to be British, and Attack the Block is one of them.

13/05/2011

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Total Film

James Mottram

After the self-consciously epic, po-faced stylings of Skyline and Battle: Los Angeles, Block sticks it to E.T. with a bracing blast of teen spirit.

04/05/2011

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The Evening Standard

David Sexton

Hoodie muggers and postcode gangs may be bad but ravening monsters from outer space could be worse. Deep! Or possibly a counsel of despair.

13/05/2011

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The Financial Times

Lucian Robinson

There is much to commend in this genre-bending first feature ... Yet the film tries to do too much with too little; there are moments of comedy, instances of (minor) suspense and wry social commentary, but when the firework smoke clears, there’s not much substance to savour.

11/05/2011

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The Independent

Ben Walsh

This alien invasion movie is a whole lot more fun than most British action films, and is blessed with vigorous direction and performances, a zesty, dubstep-laced soundtrack from Basement Jaxx, as well as a perky script.

13/05/2011

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The Daily Telegraph

David Gritten

Maybe expecting a moral compass from such a genre exercise is asking too much. But it’s hard to accept these young “heroes” as adorable little scallywags.

12/05/2011

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