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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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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)  »

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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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On filming a scene with five boys and five girls-all with dialogue- Joe Cornish watched a lot of Larry Clark films to figure out how Clark filmed scenes of teenagers chatting in such a naturalistic style. See more »

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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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Sam: [on phone] Hi mum!
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References 28 Days Later... (2002) See more »

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Baked Beats
Written and performed by Joe Cornish
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Making the leap from "hi concept" to "cult classic"
8 June 2016 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

First, this is the sort of flick the UK writers do so well and frankly don't do enough of.

Reminds me of the old saying, when Life gives you Lemons, make Lemonade.

London has blessed the UK film industry with one of the most diverse and interesting ecosystems on the planet. What, I have lost count, 14 distinct accents and counting? In return the industry has taken this raw material and produced a wide range of thrillers, most of which rely heavily for their impact on the violence element or the gang element.

So, who woke up one morning and said, hey, let's make the gang the good guys for a change ... instead of causing trouble they get to defend the country against aliens. And brimming with gang values, they will go it alone, they will not even ask for help.

Great premise, brilliant and engaging execution. It could have just been "merely" entertaining, but great writing, cast, acting and direction help it make the leap to cult classic.

The low IMDb rating is not merely wrong, it is seriously wrong. This is a fun film that can be watched more than once.


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