Teen vs alien turf war a real low-budget treat
Attack The Block
You know how it seems like there’s just the same old massive budget, Michael Bay-directed, Cgi-choked crud on at the movies these days?
Well, get ready. The answer to your geeky dreams is coming to a theatre near you and its name is Attack The Block.
To paraphrase one of the characters, there is just too much madness to fit into one review. But I’ll try, because this first film from writerdirector Joe Cornish, comedian and co- writer of Tin Tin, blasts what could be a somewhat schlocky premise – aliens invade a council estate – to smithereens in such an enjoyable way.
Nasty space invaders meet more than their match when they crash into a South London council estate. sensibilities fool you. Chock full of cutting social comment and dry wit, Attack The Block is a film about aliens like E.T. was a film about BMX.
When a mugging falls foul of a meteor, gang leader Moses (John Boyega) and his merry band of teen miscreants investigate only to find it’s a meteor with one hell of a bite.
This extraterrestrial isn’t interested in phoning home. It’s eaten the phone and now it’s after everyone it can get its gnarly glow- in- the- dark teeth into.
Can the teens rise to the challenge of alien invasion, evade the cops, outrun a local drug kingpin and keep their mums happy, while banding together to defend their block from the vengeful alien hoard? You know you want to find out!
The beauty of this film is how Cornish manages to turn this kooky sci-fi actioner into a keen comment on the wasted potential of urban youth, white middle- class privilege and urban brutality without once ramming it down your throat or losing sight of what’s really important – entertainment.
Lean and mean – the film is only 88 minutes long – Attack The Block packs in so much you will want to see it a few times just to get every arch observation on modern British life and learn every phrase and joke.
There is some utterly beautiful cinema too. The penultimate act is possibly one of the best looking things you’ll see on the big screen this year: thrilling and heart-rending.
Take a bloody pound of scifi, smash in a thriller, an urban drama and a hearty dash of teen adventure and you’re getting close to the brilliance of Attack The Block.
Starring John Boyega, Jodie Whittaker, Alex Esmail, Leeon Jones, Luke Treadaway. Written and directed by Joe Cornish. 88 minutes. Rating TBC. Opens at cinemas March 29. Reviewed by KYLIE KLEINNIXON
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