Dash Reviews…Attack The Block

Hey kids, it’s Dash Jordan with the first review of the new year. Man, have I got one for you. See, I felt as though I haven’t talked about the Science-Fiction genre enough. Doing another Star Wars movie would’ve been too obvious. At the same time, I wanted to start the new year with a movie that stars one of my favorite new actors. There were two films in mind. It was a tough call, but…sorry Maisie Williams, you’ll have to wait your turn.

Fine, Arya Stark! Let’s go and see what Finn is up to.

…brother, what is with you and aliens?!?

  ‘Attack The Block’ is a 2011 British Sci-Fi/Comedy written & directed by Joe Cornish. The film centers around a gang of delinquent teens as they fight off an alien invasion. Ever since its initial release, the film has become a cult sensation. Not to mention, this film’s fanbase may have grown significantly higher when you take into consideration that the film stars John Boyega; who of course, would later go on to receive worldwide recognition for his role as Finn from ‘Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens’.

For such a simple plot, it’s actually a ridiculous amount of fun. It’s as if the director took ‘Shaun Of The Dead’ & ‘The Goonies’, and thrown it into a blender. It’s a sci-fi flick, a gory horror film, a coming-of-age story and a stoner comedy, all in one. There’s literally something in this movie for everyone. That’s what makes a good cult film, in my opinion. A film that can effortlessly mix multiple genres into one.

I don’t think I need to mention the acting as much, this time around. John Boyega is more than just Star Wars, the man is actually a really good actor. The other actors in this film were pretty good as well. But, the best thing, other than John Boyega, would be none other than Nick Frost. Who’s funny in just about anything, especially in ‘The Cornetto Trilogy’.

On to the creature effects. Not the most inventive-looking aliens in the world, but they still manage to look creepy and have their own significant appeal. Either way, I’ve got nothing but respect for the people behind these creature effects. It’s hard to believe that these aliens were mostly made up of practical effects.

Then there’s the more-controversial aspect of the film, the slang. Seeing as how the film takes place in South London, the accent and manner of speaking may be a little hard for some American viewers to understand. Lovely thing about subtitles, however. Personally, I didn’t have a problem with the accents. Then again, I grew up with the James Bond franchise and Mr. Bentley from ‘The Jeffersons’.

Aside from that, I’ve actually had a blast with this movie. It’s hilarious, there’s decent acting, a few creepy moments and all backed by a catchy electronica soundtrack. If you haven’t seen ‘Attack The Block’ yet, I’d suggest you do so now. Tell your friends!

Try your best, mate! Until next time, Gotta Dash!

Rating: 8.5/10

Written by Shane Moose

Videos & Photos:

Attack The Block(owned by Big Talk Pictures, Film4 Productions, StudioCanal, UK Film Council, Optimum Releasing & Screen Gems)

Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens(owned by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, Lucasfilm Ltd. & Bad Robot Productions)

Shaun Of The Dead(owned by StudioCanal, Working Title, Big Talk Productions, Universal Pictures & Rogue Pictures)

From Russia With Love(owned by Eon Productions & United Artists)

The Jeffersons(owned by T.A.T. Communications Company, NRW Productions, Ragamuffin Productions, Embassy Television & Sony Pictures Television)


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