Friday, May 27, 2011

Attack the Block

British films are a tricky export. Usually you think, period piece. You might also think Edgar Wright films. Maybe Guy Ritchie. That's about it. Well, Screen Gems bought a neat little sci-fi horror film called Attack the Block. On May 25th, they screened it in 25 cities in the USA. Now they want everyone who saw it to spread the word about how good it is.

Well, it is pretty good. But let's not bury the lead. It is first and foremost a horror movie. If you have no interest in the genre, you won't find new life here. But if you like movies like Gremlins, you might do okay.

A group of British youth hooligans end up on the receiving end of an alien invasion. Its one of those, the hunter becomes the hunted. When we first see the kids, they're mugging a woman. Next thing you know, they're killing one of the aliens. Now all the rest of the aliens are after the kids. I won't spoil what's going on exactly, but that's the basic premise.

It's not without it's flaws. The design of the creatures is cool, but definitely a glaring excuse for a small budget. The kids have to go from being antagonists to protagonists, which it only accomplishes because there isn't a ton of character development, so you let it slide. But on the plus side, you get to see Nick Frost hanging about. Always a good thing.

Did you enjoy it?

Would you see it in theaters again?

Would you buy it?

Would you rent it?

Would you watch it if you saw it was on TV?


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