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Attack the Block
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10.25.2011 By: Stephanie Cooke
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Director:
Joe Cornish

Actors:
John Boyega
Jodie Whitaker
Alex Esmail

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A teen street gang gets pitted 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. Itís inner city versus outer space and itís going to explode.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
All summer all I heard about was how awesome this ATTACK THE BLOCK movie was. Of course, living where I do, it didnít show up at any of my local theaters, so I just had to wait it out until the DVD/Blu-ray came out. Thankfully, with the way the movie industry is nowadays, I didnít have to wait very long before the Blu-ray showed up on my doorstep.

Joe Cornish does a great job of building up the characters to be these rough tough street kids growing up in South London. He establishes right off the bat that these kids are not to be f*cked with and you donít really like them very much at first. As the movie goes on, Cornish does a great job of subtly continuing to build his characters into something more than just teenage thugs as they try to survive against an alien invasion.

The first time we get a glimpse of the aliens, I knew right then and there that I was going to really come to love ATTACK THE BLOCK. The aliens are so simplistic and yet so effectively creepy in the film just by essentially being a dark silhouette and having a set of glowing green teeth. The other thing that made me really love the aliens was that they reminded me a bit of the werewolves from one of my favourite movies, Ginger Snaps. I guess the only thing that was sort of wolf-like about the creatures was the fur and the teeth, but they reminded me of Ginger Snaps because like that film, the aliens in ATTACK THE BLOCK were actual actors inside of the costumes. Sometimes CG is just so overrated and I love when a director can find a way to incorporate an actual actor in a very animalistic character like this.
THE EXTRAS
Behind the Block: The cast and crew discuss the film. The kids talk about how they got the roles and the crew explain what they were looking for during the casting process. We get to see a bunch of the kidsí audition tapes as well as well as a behind the scenes look at the rehearsals and script readings for the film.

Creature Feature: This is a really well done feature that takes an in-depth look at the alien creature in the film. Joe Cornish discusses what he wanted the creature to look like and how he wanted to have it on screen. We get to see a lot of the concept art that went into the character design as well as meet the man behind the mask, Terry Notary. Did I mention that I loved that there was a real person in the costume instead of just a puppet or CGed alien?

Meet the Gang: The kids of the movie just talking about their characters in the film and what their character was to them. They also talk about the other characters and put in their two cents on that topic.

Unfilmed Action: Joe Cornish was obviously very passionate about ATTACK THE BLOCK and he talks about how he had to cut quite a lot of the film out due to budget constraints. He goes over some of the scenes that were taken out and shows storyboards for them. A couple of the kids also talk about the scenes that got cut and name a couple that they wish had been kept in the final film.

Thatís a Rap: Note the clever play on words in the title of this featureÖ thatíll tell you everything that you need to know about this feature. Simply that this is just an extra where the kids from the film all do little raps around the set in between shooting their scenes.

3 Filmmaker & Cast Commentaries:
ē Junior Commentary with Writer/Director Joe Cornish with John Boyega, Alex Esmail, Franz Drameh, Simon Howard and Leeon Jones
ē Senior Commentary with Joe Cornish with Jodie Whittaker, Luke Treadaway and Nick Frost
ē Executive Producer Commentary with Joe Cornish with Executive Producer Edgar Wright
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
The actors portraying the characters in the film come across extremely genuine and believable. I loved Nick Frostís character in the film and all in all I found that ATTACK THE BLOCK was a really fun take on the whole alien invasion genre. It was fantastic to see an original idea and have it do so well with moviegoers. All the creative ways that these street kids came up with to kill the aliens was priceless, as were the two little boys who so clearly looked up to the gang in the film.

ATTACK THE BLOCK is most definitely worth picking up and owning. The film, the special features and everything come together perfectly to make a movie that will definitely go on to become a cult classic.
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9:52AM on 10/25/2011

Solid review, Stephanie

I would have mentioned John Boyega's performance in that flick; he kicked serious ass in a first-time role. I hope he keeps performing at that level.
I would have mentioned John Boyega's performance in that flick; he kicked serious ass in a first-time role. I hope he keeps performing at that level.
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