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.
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
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.