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Sci-Fi Nerd: Commentary, reflection, and accolades from a fan’s point of view on all things sci-fi and fantasy

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When horny monsters from outer space arrive, the neighborhood kids are on the case.

Attack The Block is a guilty pleasure, but I enjoyed this movie a great deal. It’s one of my favorite monster/alien invasion movies ever. It has a great sense of humor. It’s a hilarious social satire that takes an amusing look at a poor, working-class, urban inner-city London neighborhood. Along with being a very tongue-in-cheek approach to a classic scenario – namely, what do you do when you are suddenly confronted with extremely toothy, vicious creatures when they invade your neighborhood? The kids in the movie seem to be the only ones aware of this threat and deal with the situation from a kid’s point of view, leading to some very amusing scenes.

Not familiar with this title? Attack the Block is a 2011 British science fiction comedy horror film written and directed by Joe Cornish and starring John Boyega, Jodie Whittaker, and Nick Frost. It was the film debut of Cornish, Boyega.

The cast of the film, all relatively young newcomers at the time, play it near flawlessly. There’s Moses (John Boyega of The Force Awakens) who emerges as the leader of this rag-tag gang of kids, along with “Pest” (Alex Esmail), Dennis (Franz Drameh), Brewis (Luke Treadaway), and Jerome (Leon Jones) the smartest member of the gang. There are other characters worthy of note — a student nurse that unluckily gets caught up in the situation named Samantha Adams (Jodie Whittaker) and Ron (a very amusing performance by Nick Frost), the local drug dealer. The film takes on the tone of one of the old Our Gang comedy films of the 30s and 40s. The story steamrolls along with hardly a break to its climax as these junior detectives use their brains and available resources to figure out and improvise what the situation requires. For the most part, their approach remains amusing, grounded, and never crosses the line too far into unbelievability.

Bottom line. Attack The Block is a delightful and amusing film with a terrific trailer worth viewing.

A relatively recent announcement promises that over a decade after Attack the Block achieved sci-fi cult status and launched the career of its star John Boyega, Studiocanal, Film4, Complete Fiction Pictures & UpperRoom Productions are moving forward with Attack the Block 2, with Boyega, locked to return as Moses.No release date has been announced.

 

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Our Score
C

By Craig Suide

A genuine (OCD) enthusiast of Sci-FI and fantasy. Addicted to stories. a life-long fan of movies, TV, and pop culture in general. Purchased first comic book at age five, and never stopped. Began reading a lot early on, and discovered ancient mythology, and began reading science fiction around the same time. Made first attempts at writing genre fiction around age 12 Freelance writer for Sci-Fi Nerd (Facebook), retired professional gourmet chef. ex-musician, and illustrator

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