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Attack the Block (2011)

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A teen gang in South London defend their block from an alien invasion.

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Joe Cornish

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Joe Cornish
Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 19 wins & 38 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jodie Whittaker ... Sam
John Boyega ... Moses
Alex Esmail ... Pest
Leeon Jones ... Jerome
Franz Drameh ... Dennis
Simon Howard Simon Howard ... Biggz
Maggie McCarthy Maggie McCarthy ... Margaret
Danielle Vitalis ... Tia
Paige Meade Paige Meade ... Dimples
Gina Antwi Gina Antwi ... Dionne
Natasha Jonas Natasha Jonas ... Gloria
Sammy Williams Sammy Williams ... Probs
Michael Ajao ... Mayhem
Luke Treadaway ... Brewis
Flaminia Cinque ... Italian Woman
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Storyline

Attack the Block follows an unlucky young woman and a gang of tough inner city kids who make an unlikely alliance to try to defend their turf against an invasion of savage alien creatures, turning a South London apartment complex into an intergalactic war-zone. Written by GK

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Inner City vs. Outer Space


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for creature violence, drug content and pervasive language | See all certifications »

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UK | France | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 May 2011 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$139,506, 31 July 2011

Gross USA:

$1,024,175

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,206,022
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Dolby Digital | DTS (DTS Digital Surround)| SDDS (uncredited)| Dolby Surround 7.1

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Joe Cornish always had Boba Fett from Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) in mind when they did Pest's (Alex Esmail) costume, with his little rocket packs. See more »

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Near the end of the movie, when Moses jumps through the doorway with the female alien carcass on his back, it hits the top of the door frame and is knocked off. In the next shot, it is back in place. See more »

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[first lines]
Sam: [on phone] Hi mum!
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Ready Or Not (Here I Come)
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Confidently directed by newcomer Cornish
6 October 2011 | by tomgillespie2002See all my reviews

This neat little movie by first time director Joe Cornish (in the UK many will be aware of him from his late '90's TV show 'Adam and Joe'), is a very straight forward alien invasion picture. The angle is simply in it's setting. We are introduced to a bunch of generic, stereotypical 'hoodies' on a London high-rise estate. After an attempt to mug a young woman, lights begin to fall from the sky. What ensues is a battle between the "yoof" protecting their block.

This is no great film, the general idea, and it's execution are standard for the genre. What is evident is Cornish's confidence in directing. The actors "under the hoods" are quite brilliant, displaying both the hard exterior that they portray on the "streets", but also their tender side, whilst along the way highlighting the reasons these young men are so disenfranchised; they are all from broken homes. This is quite a poignant issues when juxtaposed with the scenes of riots we saw in London this summer.

It must be hard to come up with new 'alien' monsters these days. We've seen in recent years some diabolically b******s monsters, but the creatures in this film are different and quite exception. Wolf-like, they seemingly have no eyes, and are completely black. Much of the early part of the film we see only shadows, silhouettes, until they open their mouths, displaying glow-in-the-dark gnashers.

Whilst not a ground breaking cinematic masterpiece, or even a great film, it has much to love. It has charm, some good performances, and the tension is palpable at times. It will be interesting to see what Cornish does next (apart from the co-writing job on Spielberg/Jackson's Tintin films with Edgar Wright).

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