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Attack the Block

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United Kingdom, France · 2011
Rated R · 1h 28m
Director Joe Cornish
Starring Jodie Whittaker, John Boyega, Luke Treadaway, Nick Frost
Genre Action, Comedy, Science Fiction

A meteorite that lands in a tough South London housing estate disrupts life when a pack of bloodthirsty aliens emerge from the debris. Our unlikely heroes are a street gang of teenagers who must team up with the other residents to protect their turf from a terrifying alien invasion.

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I literally never hear anyone talk about this film, which is an unbelievable shame because "Attack the Block" is proof that you don't need a huge budget or a massive amount of CGI to create an incredible monster film in the 21st century. Featuring a cast of amazing actors (including a young John Boyega, for whom this was his breakout film), a hilarious and witty script, and some surprisingly cool monsters, I found myself laughing out loud just as often as I was peaking out from between my fingers to avoid scary scenes.

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Slant Magazine by

More "Bloody Kids" than "Super 8," more "Assault on Precinct 13" than "Jumanji," and, in the end, more "Be Kind Rewind" than "Adventures in Babysitting."


Chicago Reader by J.R. Jones

This low-budget sci-fi item was produced by some of the Brits who made "Shaun of the Dead" and "Hot Fuzz," including their writer and director, Edgar Wright, but it hardly compares, despite Nick Frost's brief appearance as a mangy pot dealer.


Time Out by Joshua Rothkopf

Starring a tough-minded band of scrappy teens who actually do some solving, it's the movie "Super 8" wanted to be - or should have been.


Chicago Sun-Times by Roger Ebert

The movie, which should have been titled "Defend the Block," illustrates once again that zombie, horror and monster movies are a port of entry for new filmmakers. The genre is the star.


Orlando Sentinel by Roger Moore

A brisk blast of bloody good fun, sci-fi with a little social commentary as subtext. Attack the Block is the movie that "Battle: Los Angeles" was not - thrilling, nerve-wracking and fun.

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