Monday, February 20, 2012

Attack the Block - DVD Review

Starring John Boyega, Jodie Whittaker, Alex Esmail and Nick Frost.
Directed by Joe Cornish.


This is a low-budget creature feature done right.

It follows one of the basics that many thrillers tend to forget about.  Give me characters that feel like they had lives before the opening credits.  Real characters.  This movie takes place in one of London's more dangerous apartment complexes, with drug dealers, punk teenagers, white hipsters, and then the normal folk who wish a Harry Brown would move in and work his magic.  But when an alien lands in their block, and more creatures come hunt, they have to work together, at the least the ones that aren't totally stupid about it.

This movie has commentary on race and class under the surface of balancing comedy and suspense.  I liked the enrichment of some of the characters as the movie progressed.  I liked the design of the creatures.  Nick Frost shows up to remind who's behind this film, and I liked it better than his previous alien-comedy Paul.

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