After another pilgrimage downtown I managed to catch “Attack The Block”, which today has opened in four more theatres, including the Colossus in Vaughan. As I said before, it’s The Outsiders vs Aliens, with violent extra-terrestrials invading an inner city London ghetto block. The fight begins with gang territorialism kicking in, but soon evolves into something more noble. From the producers of Hot Fuzz and Shaun Of The Dead, you know that it is going to be a spoof treatment of the underdog vs. alien fad that has been recently seen with such films as Cowboys vs. Aliens and Super 8. But it is much more, adding something to the pile which is more than just humour. There’s a level of social commentary which doesn’t grate against the main thrust of the film. Subtle. Also, a batch of newbie actors do a really convincing job.
My one criticism of the film was the actual monsters, which, to me at least, had a Muppet like quality. In spite of the fluorescent fangs, I had some trouble taking them seriously. Others who saw the movie with me disagreed. There was an ample amount of flesh shredding, as one would expect in this type of film. Also, the thick accents made some of the dialogue difficult to follow, but you can understand most of it after an initial period of getting used to it.
Rotten Tomatoes gives this an 89% (which is pretty good for this type of flick), and the CinemaClock crowd gives it a 7.5.
I would give it somewhere between a B+ and an A-.