Movie Review: 'Attack the Block'

‘Attack the Block’ takes an original spin on the Alien Invasion genre to fun effect.

Director Joe Cornish (possibly the director of ‘Star Trek 3’) chose teenage, gang-banging antiheroes as his protagonists and…it works.

After an opening sequence which subtly pays homage to John Carpenter’s ‘The Thing,’ we’re introduced to a pubescent gang of wise-assed punks as they stalk a female victim for an easy mugging.

Led by Moses (John Boyega), the group terrorizes and robs a young South London nurse (Jodie Whittaker) as she unwisely walks home alone at night.

Before Moses’ gang can inflict further harm, an alien meteorite crashes into a parked car. This is no ordinary meteorite. The feisty, suitably nasty alien inside soon escapes, with our “anti-hero thugs” in hot pursuit.

After they corner and kill the E.T., a chain reaction of events will lead to a battle for survival against an angry horde of carnivorous alien creatures.

Rife with socio-political undertones and bouyed by an engaging, mostly unknown cast of actors, ‘Attack the Block’ is an energetic diversion.

‘Attack the Block’ is well produced, with solid special effects and lively pacing. There’s also plenty of subversive humor to be found despite the very menacing and toothy alien invaders’ angry agenda.

Jodie Whittaker, as the gang’s reluctant ally Sam, and John Boyega’s ‘Moses’ are both solid as the two leads in ‘Attack the Block.’ Nick Frost of ‘Shaun of the Dead’ and ‘The World’s End,’ as the local drug dealer, adds a little levity to the proceedings as well.

Alien invasion thwarted by a gang of foul-mouthed London youths? Possibly.

Fun Sci-Fi action movie worth a look in your Netflix queue? Definitely!

Flixnerd Rating: ★★★☆☆

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