– No idea. Not a bloody clue. Maybe there was a party at the zoo, and a monkey fucked a fish.
(Ron about the alien the boys found)
– You’re quite fit you know? Have you got a boyfriend?
– You sure about him? Where is he? Cos he ain’t exactly lookin’ out for you tonight. — He’s in Ghana.
– You going out with an African then?
– No… he… he’s helping children. Volunteers for the Red Cross.
– Oh… is it? Why can’t he help children in Britain? Not exotic enough is it? Don’t get a nice suntan. Tsst.
(conversation between two teens)
This one is a true gem with British flavour. A lovely movie indeed and it’s much more than it seems. It’s kind of a bad street teenager with rough manners, but good at heart, sentimental and ready for the next adventure. The story starts with a teenage street gang of mixed race in South London suburbia – they find themselves right in a middle of an alien invasion. So imagine mixing the life and language of street teenagers who try to seem cool and control, as they believe, through fear and minor crimes, with the sudden attack of the monsters. Hilarious, scary, atmospheric and sentimental. And all that wrapped in a social context.
Like in most good sci-fi, the aliens are just a premise for something bigger. The gang members, who look rather unpretty in the beginning of the movie when mugging a nurse (and most of them are barely 15 years old), start to gain our sympathy and trust. They learn how to find their own voice and character, to surpass their previous social and ethnic prejudice. I would even dare to say that it makes the film pretty unique. There are plenty of movies where some bad guys are locked up in a place and are forced to protect it and then finally we start to like them more and more. But these kids are not just some convicted murderers in prison. They are real teenagers who live in that way, for one reason or another. And you have a chance to see them in a unique environment with aliens and stuff. Even leaving a part all the social context, this is a wonderful and entertaining sci-fi movie.
Surprisingly great acting by mainly unknown actors (a part of Nick Frost). If you enjoyed such movies as Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, then for sure don’t miss this one (by the way, Nick Frost starred in all of them). The effects look great and the monsters’ design is awesome. Minimal, but extremely effective. Interestingly, this is a debut for both director Joe Cornish and John Boyega. It had a great reception on festivals and from critics. $13 million budget with $5.8 million box office.
By the way, Cornish describes Attack the Block as “a fucked-up version of ET” (one of movies that influenced him most). He is right, it’s pretty fucked up, and it gets quite bloody and violent at times as well. But like I said, remember that street boy. He might be not what he seems, just give him time.