September 22, 2011

Attack the Block (2011)

"A teen gang in South London defend their block from an alien invasion."

You would think that any film written and directed by Joe Cornish would be a comedy but, in this case, you'd be very wrong. "Attack the Block", if it can be described at all, is mostly a British action film with enough aliens to make it about as science-fiction as an episode of Doctor Who.

Having said that, "Attack the Block" has a very fatal flaw especially for a British audience. The main characters are a bunch of the lowest possible chavscum and all you want to do is see them die horribly one by one.

Of course, it wouldn't be much of a story if that was all that happened so the teenage thugs are developed into the unlikeliest of heroes.

I found nothing of merit in this film since I was completely alienated from all the characters except their victim after the opening mugging scene. I absolutely loathe chavs, their stupid droning accents, and their adoption of everything bad from American rap music. Most of all, I despise the society which allowed them to happen. They truly are Britain's shame.

The alien "gorilla-wolf" creatures and their kills weren't all that impressive either and, although I made it all the way to the end of the film, I didn't really enjoy the experience.

If you are American and are expecting another "Shaun of the Dead" from this, don't.

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