A science fiction urban horror set in the South of London, Attack the Block centers on five teenage boys in the midst of an alien invasion. Written and directed by Joe Cornish, starring London locals including John Boyega and Franz Drameh and from the same studios that brought you Shawn of the Dead, this movie revs from 0 to 100 in a matter of seconds and doesn’t slow down until its unforgettable end.
Attack the Block centers in on a group of five teen boys: Moses, Pest, Dennis, Jerome and Biggz. One night they rob a passerby named Samantha Adams. But they’re interrupted by a massive meteoroid that crashes into a car, unleashing monsters with glowing neon blue teeth who will mutilate anything that gets in their way. It’s up to the boys, and a few of their friends, to get rid of the monsters and save themselves.
“Even if it is an alien invasion, they’re four foot high, blind and got kicked to death by a bunch of kids. We got nothing to worry about.”
I hadn’t heard of this movie until a couple years ago when I watched the Shudder documentary Horror Noire – which I can’t recommend enough. Several of the interviewees, including Ernest Dickerson, Ashlee Blackwell and Rusty Cundieff, talked about how much they loved Attack the Block. I put it on my mental checklist of things I want to watch, but it wasn’t until I rewatched the documentary with a friend that we finally decided to give it a go.
There is so much to love about Attack the Block. The score fits perfectly with the fast pace of the story. It is filmed beautifully; filled with blues and blacks and whites and oranges, bright and dark contrasting colors that add tension and excitement. Most of the actors were relatively unknown in the film industry during this time, yet all their performances were standouts. If you’re looking for a genre-bending movie with an unforgettable cast of characters and some of the coolest-looking monsters out there, Attack the Block is just for you.(4.5 / 5)