Attack the Block follows an unlucky young woman and and a gang of tough inner-city kids who make an unlikely alliance to try to defend their turf against an invasion of savage alien creatures, turning a South London apartment complex into a war-zone. Written by
As a group of early teen gangsters are robbing a young woman, an alien crashed into a car nearby. The leader of the gang attacks the alien, gets some scratches in the process and then kills it. They kids take the alien corpse to their drug dealer boss. Little do they know that plenty of more aliens followed. Now they get attacked by a different kind of alien. Larger, hairier and with lots of glowing teeth. Now it's up to the kids to save their housing complex- called the Block with whatever rudimentary weapons they can find, some pistols, fireworks, machetes, and so on.
They realize under the blue light of the marijuana greenhouse that the leader of the gang is covered in some substance released by the first little alien and it's that what attracts all the other large aliens.
Attack the Block has a good idea, it's somewhat different, has neat special effects. The aliens at least look pretty amazing. Sure, little thugs aren't exactly the kind of characters you root for. But given the settings and the characters, this movie should be hilarious. It's disappointingly only mildly funny. In part because the main characters are just kids. I don't know what rating this movie got in the UK, but there's little here that justifies the US R rating. Had they taken advantage of that rating, it could have been a bit more edgy.
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