Title: Attack The Block
Studio: Sony Pictures
Screenplay: Joe Cornish
Executive Producers: Edgar Wright, Tessa Ross, Olivier Courson, Matthew Justice, Jenny Borgars, Will Clarke
Director: Joe Cornish
Producer: Nira Park, Joe Wilson
Actors: Jodie Whittaker, Nick Frost, John Boyega, Alex Esmail, Franz Drameh, Leeon Jones, Simon Howard, Jumayn Hunter
Release Date: July 29, 2011 (USA)
Studio Summary: “From the producers of Shaun of the Dead, ATTACK THE BLOCK is a fast, funny, frightening action adventure movie that pits a teen street gang against an invasion of savage alien monsters. It turns a London housing project into a sci-fi battleground, the low-income apartment complex into a fortress under siege. And it turns a crazy mix of tough street kids into a team of kick ass heroes. It’s inner city versus outer space and it’s going to explode.”
By now John Boyega is world famous, and come Fall, Jodie Whittaker, when she is presented as the Thirteenth Doctor, will get quite a bit of attention as well. There was a time, however, not so very long ago (2011) where they did a Sci-Fi/Horror flick together that revealed their destiny for more.
Attack the Block, written and directed by Joe Cornish (Ant-Man) is the story of a group of wannabe thugs, and their one time victim, who band together to save South London from a bunch of drooling aliens with glow-in-the-dark teeth. Despite the obvious low budget, there is some real thrills, admirable practical and special effects, and some powerful acting, most notably from John and Jodie. Each bring more to the roles than just the lines that were written.
I’m not saying that this is a great movie exactly, but what I am saying is that Attack the Block in all its B-Movie glory, succeeds and establishes a respected position in the pantheon of classic cult movies. Unlike Jack Nicholson in Roger Corman’s original 1960 version of Little Shop of Horrors or George Clooney in Return of the Killer Tomatoes (1988) Boyega and Whittaker’s roles are fine examples of their potential as talented actors rather than merely answers in a pop culture trivia quiz.
The Bottom Line:
A must for those with a taste for the B-Movies that exceed expectation. Not great, but great-ish and sometimes that’s good enough. Come for the early appearances of John Boyega (Star Wars), Jodie Whittaker (Doctor Who) and even Franz Drameh (DC’s Legends of Tomorrow), stay for the cult classic.
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