Watched Oct 31, 2011
Mackenzie Snow’s review:
This is Joe Cornish's picture debut and, wow, it does not disappoint at all. As soon as I finished watching the movie, I dubbed it as "the grown-up version of Super 8". Because it is a little bit like that if you think about it: a group of youngsters (whose home lives are not exactly happy) inadvertently encounters destructive aliens that caused mayhem all around town and fought to save the town.
But this being a British movie and set in London of the 2000s, no one says "mint" anywhere in the film. They do say "bruv" and "allow it" a lot. And instead of Elle Fanning, there's Jodie Whittaker. Plus a lot of weed (in "a big room! Full of weed. And it's Ron's.")
The story might not be original but I really like the execution as there are some interesting cinematic angles that looks very artistic. The reason why I noticed is because the film, despite being a kind of horror action flick, still comes across as very stylish and tongue-in-cheek. It's quite gory and therefore not your regular heartwarming family affair of the Spielberg kind, but the level of fun is really up there and there's no way you wouldn't enjoy the movie if you like this genre. There's also no 'downtime' for action - everything moves fast and is charged with tension all the way. Added with the grotesque aliens with the creepily built anatomy, it's a movie designed to make you jump out of your seats.
I reckon it's the perfect movie to be watched with friends - the more, the merrier. I regret not watching it the cinema. I can only imagine what the screams and cheers must be like. Attack The Block really is quite awesome.