Sunday, 2 October 2011

Attack The Block

I have been giving myself (and the poor long suffering Amy) a break from the AFI 100 list, and have been focusing on more recent releases.

Attack The Block for the uninitiated, is the feature film directorial debut of British comedian, writer and BBC radio DJ Joe Cornish.

Jodie Whittaker plays Sam, a nurse, who is attacked by a local gang of youths on her way home to the tower block where she lives. Just when things are looking bleak, all hell breaks loose when something that looks like a shooting star crashes into a car parked right next to where the mugging is taking place.

It's difficult to say much more about the plot without straying into spoiler territory. What I can say is that the cast are great,  Nick Frost makes a welcome cameo appearance as a dodgy drug dealer, and considering that some of other cast members are quite young they aren't found lacking in the acting stakes. The dialogue sounds realistic without ever straying in to a parody of street slang.

Although this wasn't a mega budget film, the effects are good. If I had to categorise this film I would put it in to the same league as Joe Dante's Gremlins, by no means an out and out horror movie, but enough thrills and spills along the way to keep you thoroughly entertained.

Joe Cornish has been very busy of late, co-writing the script for Ant Man with Edgar Wright, and also co-writing with Doctor Who supremo Steven Moffat, the script for Peter Jackson and Steven Spielberg's forthcoming big budget motion capture movie The Adventures Of Tin Tin: Secret Of The Unicorn.

The movie is available to buy or rent on Blu-Ray and DVD, and I couldn't recommend more highly.

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