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Attack the Block (2011)

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A teen gang in South London defend their block from an alien invasion.

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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 18 wins & 35 nominations. See more awards »

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Maggie McCarthy ...
Margaret
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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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13 May 2011 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Napad na kvart  »

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$13,000,000 (estimated)

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£1,133,859 (UK) (13 May 2011)

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$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 »

Goofs

Pest appears to have a magical backpack. As the gang pulls out and uses all of his fireworks, more magically appear a minute afterwards. See more »

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[first lines]
Sam: [on phone] Hi mum!
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Referenced in Troldspejlet: Episode #51.17 (2014) See more »

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Youths So Cold
Written by Coxsone Dodd, Richell Bonner and Ozzy Osbourne (as John Osbourne)
Performed by Richie Spice
Courtesy of Massive B Records
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The most fun I've had this year.
3 September 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Old school dopeness. It's like Goonies meets Shaun of the Dead meets Independence Day. The whole alien invasion thing has been recycled as hell lately, but Joe Cornish found a way to make this thing feel so fresh and unique once again by containing it to such a unique setting and having this young group of hoodlums fighting back. None of it feels like it's been done before and as a result the film doesn't get dull for a second.

The less-than-90 minute running time is perfect for something this small, never letting us stop having fun in order to make time for pointless romantic subplots or unnecessary characters. There is never a dull moment in this, a film that I have no problem saying is the most fun I've had so far this year. Whoever cast these kids deserves some sort of medal because they are all fantastic and for most of them it's their first job. John Boyega in particular, in the lead role as the head of the group, is fantastic.

At first I was skeptical about the Jodie Whittaker character and her constant run-ins with the group but by the end I really embraced her dynamic with Moses and actually found myself getting surprisingly emotional at the end. The whole thing is just vibrant, exciting and so much intense entertainment. There are a solid amount of laughs throughout, but it's not even a film about trying to make you laugh or trying to scare you. It's just about having fun and it succeeds so admirably. It feels real old school and I loved every moment. Everyone should watch this.


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