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Attack the Block (2011)

 -  Action | Comedy | Sci-Fi  -  13 May 2011 (UK)
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A teen gang in South London defend their block from an alien invasion.



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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 GK

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Inner City vs. Outer Space

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Rated R for creature violence, drug content and pervasive language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

13 May 2011 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Napad na kvart  »

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$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$137,580 (USA) (29 July 2011)


$1,024,175 (USA) (23 September 2011)

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Writer/director Joe Cornish had to remove fifteen pages of the script prior to the shooting of the film because of budgetary constraints. See more »


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Sam: [on phone] Hi mum!
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Written and performed by Joe Cornish
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Good movie but got the balance wrong
9 February 2013 | by (South Africa) – See all my reviews

It was a good movie, so why would I hesitate to recommend it to my friends?

Because the concept, aliens land in a council estate and have to deal with chavs, is clearly going to be a comedy with a bit of social commentary. If you knew nothing about the movie, you'd be thinking, "Oh boy, those aliens won't know what hit them. I'd like to see them deal with what we have to deal with every day."

But instead of comedy with a bit of social commentary, it was social commentary with a bit of comedy. And the commentary could be summed up as, these are poor misunderstood kids and the system treats them badly. Whereas the average viewer thinks these are nasty little thugs and they need to be taught a lesson on how to be decent human beings.

Gripes aside, I thought it was a good movie. The monsters were great. Particularly effective were the teeth, which looked like glowing eyes from a distance and shark mouths from close up. The film was well plotted with a good explanation of why their block was being attacked. The fights and acting were okay but not great. The dialogue was apparently authentic, but it sounded made up, like the droogs' language in A Clockwork Orange. Maybe it could have been toned down a bit. Some of the action up and down the corridors became repetitive.

One thing I missed was vignettes of how other people in the block reacted to the invasion. Just brief clips. The filmmaker lost an opportunity for laughs there.

With more humour and more humanity learned by the protagonists, this could have been a great and entertaining classic. As it is, it remains good but a bit preachy.

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