Written by Sophie Butcher
‘Attack the Block’, directed by Joe Cornish, is part comedy, part sci-fi, part horror, about a gang of youths defending their South London tower block from a vicious alien race.
The aliens themselves are pretty scary! Darkest black with only glow-in-the-dark jaws to warn of their presence, there are plenty of seriously jumpy moments! Cleverly, we barely really see the details of the monsters, making them even more ominous. The use of fireworks to defeat them, creating a mass of colourful smoke, makes for a beautiful contrast with the steely setting of the tower block.
The youths are also pretty threatening, but we think this film does a great job of turning hoodies into heroes. The leader of the pack, Moses (played by John Boyega), has the saddest story; he lives pretty much alone, and the block and his gang are all he has. Despite their obvious menace and questionable morals, the teens provide an insight into gang culture that is rarely ever seen; from their point of view.
We really enjoyed this film; the simple story and use of almost unknown actors and their fluent slang (which takes a while to understand!) definitely gives it a more realistic feel, with the perfect balance of scares and laughs.
(Image from here)
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