Not to make this sound like an autopsy, but how did a movie as fun, fresh and exciting as "Attack the Block" only bring in $5 million worldwide? The answer is simple: a bunch of people missed out on seeing one of their new favorite movies in theaters, but are about to get into it in a big way on Blu-ray and DVD.
This sci-fi action-comedy was written and directed by Joe Cornish, one-half of the British sketch duo "Adam and Joe" that stuck it to the likes of Steven Spielberg with parodies such as "Saving Private Lion." Ironically, Cornish would go on to cowrite "The Adventures of Tintin" for Spielberg (imitation = flattery = $$$).
With a premise of "aliens land in the South London ghetto and alternately kill or are killed by a gang of teenage hoods," you'd think "Block" would be a similar exercise in broad silliness. But in a stroke of brilliance, Cornish has his young cast play the situation mostly straight, which allows the humor to bubble out of the characters and their outlandish predicament. It should also be noted that both the action and special effects are staged with aplomb, taking you on a white-knuckle ride with more than a few jump scares.
The story centers on a gang of adolescent thugs led by the hard-edged Moses (an awesome John Boyega) who stumble across and kill a nasty alien. Later, their section of town is bombarded by space meteors containing even bigger, badder creatures; and with nary a S.W.A.T. team in sight, it's up to our unlikely heroes to save the day. Along the way they are aided by a mellow-yellow pot dealer in the form of one Nick Frost, as well as a nurse they mugged played by Jodie Whittaker.
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Many, including the filmmakers themselves, have acknowledged the debt the film owes to the oeuvre of John Carpenter, most notably in the efficiency and economy in how it's shot, the dry humor, and the synthy score by Basement Jaxx. The creatures themselves, like big bears with pitch-black fur, incandescent teeth, and no eyes, are unlike anything you've seen before.
Boyega has already been cast as Mike Tyson in an HBO pilot for Spike Lee, and Cornish has been gabbing about possible sequels, remakes and/or spinoffs. We've already talked up why this was one of the best movies of the summer, and now's your chance to see what all the hubbub is about.
Extras! The Blu-ray contains several features based around the film's cast, creatures, and unfilmed sequences from the movie as well as a dedicated "Behind the Block" doc.