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."
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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.
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.
Boxoffice Magazine by Pam Grady
Cornish's idiomatic dialogue is hilarious and the longtime comic's sense of timing is perfect.
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.
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.