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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Sam
... Moses
... Pest
... Jerome
... Dennis
Simon Howard ... Biggz
Maggie McCarthy ... Margaret
Danielle Vitalis ... Tia
Paige Meade ... Dimples
Gina Antwi ... Dionne
Natasha Jonas ... Gloria
Sammy Williams ... Probs
Michael Ajao ... Mayhem
... Brewis
... Italian Woman
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Storyline

Attack the Block follows an unlucky young woman 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 an intergalactic 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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Box Office

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,133,859 (United Kingdom), 15 May 2011, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$137,580, 31 July 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,024,175, 25 September 2011
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2.35 : 1
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The film-makers only used CG effects when absolutely necessary, and to enhance practical effects for the creatures rather than replace them completely. Even the smaller female alien that appears before the credits was a petite woman in a creature suit. A puppet-type head was used for some of the attack shots wherein Moses is suddenly bitten. The creature's head was a carefully constructed mask that had no eyes, and even the glowing mouthful of large, carnivorous teeth were achieved by animatronics (including twelve "servos") rather than added in post. The film-makers admit that it did help save money, but also had an unexpected benefit. The actors, rather than reacting to something that wasn't there, admitted that they were genuinely and unexpectedly frightened by the look and movements of creatures actually present (especially during chase sequences when a creature/creatures would pursue them at full speed). Nearly every actor said they felt especially intimidated-- many surprisingly so-- by the physical presence in a way they would not have if the creatures had been added digitally later. The same went for the majority of the settings; the director said it added authenticity and atmosphere to shoot on a set rather in front of a green screen. 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 »

Quotes

[first lines]
Sam: [on phone] Hi mum!
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References Spider-Man (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Ire Feelings (Skanga)
Written by Rupie Edwards
Performed by Rupie Edwards
Courtesy of Sanctuary Records Group Ltd.
under license from Universal Music Operations Ltd.
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Entertaining

I thought this movie was quite entertaining, and actually funny in some parts. It's not a normal horror movie or alien invasion movie. It ends very satisfactorily, unlike most horror movies, and the plot is quite original played with talented actors in a setting that many of us are not so familiar with. If you like rap, you'll like the music throughout too. All the actors and main actress did very well. Thankfully I saw this with subtitles since I can't follow language from "the hood" very well. The only thing that didn't seem so real to me were the space creatures, but that gave for a good laugh. If you don't take this movie too seriously, it's a lot of fun. And there was "the moral of the story is..." thrown in, like lessons learned, rectifying mistakes, etc. All in all, it makes for a good Thursday or Friday night at the movies.


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