The coming-out-of-nowhere little flick Attack The Block (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1478964/) is not all that the Brits want to cut it to be… But it is almost there. We have grown accustomed to Spielberg-like coming of age movies full of aliens and gutsy kids that come through when the going gets tough. We are by now used to our kind of cinema verite where the neigborhoods and its gangs are portrayed and even glorified. We have all heard the swearings at one point or another in our lives. The movie has action, has kids, has aliens, so what is there not to like?
You can watch the trailer here: (http://www.imdb.com/video/imdb/vi3155205401/)
A little bit of trivia about how the film came to life: Writer/director Joe Cornish was inspired to make this film, his directorial debut, after actually being mugged (much in the way portrayed in the film). He noticed his young assailants were as scared as he was, and started researching their lives. As a first effort, it is commendable. It is somehow being hailed as the runaway hit of the season, I don’t see it measuring up to Bridesmaids which is funnny or Super 8 which is the complete package.
The tagline is appropriate enough: Inner City vs. Outer Space. Writer-director Joe Cornish gives us a reasonable picture of a low income neighborhood with good children that need to grow up and survive much too soon.
The audience was engaged, who wouldn’t after a chase scene runs into another. And the premise of the alien invasion is almost believable until you start thinking: one female for all those beasts, they had only one? I, too, would be furious!
John Boyega as Moses delivers a credible leader of the gang of wanna-be’s trying to get initiated. The rest of the gang of literally unknowns is at times funny, well performed by the cast, and comes across as very likeable. The jokes are not forced, but they have all been heard before.
The “creatures” look more like gorillas with luminescent eyes and teeth than anything else.
Unfortunately, not everyone living in that part of the city is so foul mouthed. At some point the action gets diluted in so many expletives, and you wish for quality dialogue.
This film opened in Britain May 13 and is still being screened in this country. From Beautiful Beantown on the banks of the Mighty Chuckie, for The Examiner, this is Lily.