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Attack the Block

October 30, 2011

Attack the Block is a unique vision by a unique guy. Very rarely does an interesting little horror flick like this come along from a robbery. The director Joe Cornish was robbed by some young hoodies and he remembered how scared they look. This robbery lead him to wonder what they would do if aliens attacked.

The result is Attack the Block. The film focuses on a group of teenage English hoodies who do battle with bear/wolf/gorilla aliens.

What I like about this film is that the characters are not afraid of these aliens. When they see the aliens landing on earth they go on the offensive. However, they are still young kids who may act adult but when it comes down to it they are still young punks in over their heads.

Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and Scott Pilgrim) is one of the producers and you can feel his influence with the mixture of humor and horror. Nick Frost (Shaun, Fuzz) adds a welcome comical and familiar presence as a pot dealer with a heart of gold.

Attack the Block is worth the watch because it is something you’ve never seen before. In a world of remakes and sequels it is nice to see a director with unique/fresh ideas.

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