Attack the Block (2011) – 8/10 urban alien monster movie review

Cast / crew
Writer and Director: Joe Cornish
Producer: Nira Park
Producer: James Wilson
John Boyega: Moses
Jodie Whittaker: Sam
Alex Esmail: Pest
Franz Drameh: Dennis
Leeon Jones: Jerome
Simon Howard: Biggz
Nick Frost: Ron

Attack the Block (2011)

A gang of South London teenagers, fresh from a mugging, come across a strange dog-like creature who crashes from the sky onto a car and attacks them. They chase it and beat it to death but when they look at it, it doesn’t look like a dog… it looks like money from the tabloids!

8/10

This is a movie with some remarkable things about it. Principally, keeping us watching after our horrible heroes mug a woman and beat what they think is a dog (that attacked them) to death. The usual way of accomplishing this is to make something else in the movie more horrible than them but the monsters proper don’t show up for the first quarter of the running time. So why are we still watching? That’s what’s remarkable. Certainly John Boyega’s performance and usually un-menacing face are critical, as is the group’s camaraderie. Once the brilliantly designed and executed monsters turn up, it’s a tense, thrilling, pleasingly focused (no conspiracies or worldwide attacks) horror movie which grips and never let’s go.

This movie contains sexual swear words and substance abuse and graphic, gory and unpleasant monster violence.

Classified 15 by BBFC. Suitable only for persons of 15 years and over.

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