Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Attack the Block (2011) Review By Michael Heath

Director: Joe Cornish
Writer: Joe Cornish
Stars: John Boyega, Nick Frost and Jodie Whittaker
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi

From the makers of Shaun of the Dead comes Channel 4's Attack the Block. This another one of those films where you'll leave the cinemas feeling satisfied, as long as you approach this movie not expecting anything, but one thing to expect is a lot of British humour especially from the makers of Shaun of the Dead.

From the word go, with it's iconic 1980's Sci-Fi stylised film title graphics you know what expect a lot of comic value entertainment. Straight in with the action meeting all the characters, Moses (John Boyega) is the 'leader' of a hoodlum gang who street rob people and are the first to encounter this alien invasion killing the alien on sight. Ultimately you will think it's just going to be bunch of thugs killing aliens through out the whole film and yes there is a lot of alien smashing but the characters have been well thought out in the film and they play really well of each other.

This best bit about the film is definitely the humor, it wasn't about laugh after laugh after laugh, it was these perfect little sparks to lift the films narrative along it's way here and there. Small Criticism although some might say a film from the makers of Shaun of the Dead needs to have Nick Frost and/or Simon Pegg in it, Nick frost wasn't really needed in this film he's didn't add anything to the film. And a lot of people would have said you can't have one without the other but even if Simon Pegg was there maybe playing the role of Brewis again this is a small role and wouldn't have added anything to the film. Nick Frost was purely cast to have a well known actor in the film. For good entertainment value I'd say this is one to watch, it's always nice to come out of the cinema feeling satisfied.

Rating 7/10