ATTACK THE BLOCK

Director Joe Cornish
Year 2011
Starring John Boyega, Jodie Whittaker, Alex Esmail, Nick Frost
Rating R
Run Time 98min
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18 and up; Children 6 and up will be allowed only with a parent guardian. No children under the age of 6 will be allowed.

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Guy Fawkes Night in London is a time for fireworks, fooling around and an occasional surprise or two. But when vicious extraterrestrials decide to crash the hellraisers’ holiday in ATTACK THE BLOCK, a time for making merry quickly turns scary.
Writer-director Joe Cornish also ensures it’s frequently humorous as well. ”Gotta catch ‘em all!” whoops one of the South London teens who’s trying to hunt down the aliens. “This ain’t Pokemon!” snaps one of his friends.
No, Pikachu, Meowth and Jigglypuff have little in common with these eyeless masses of black fur that gallop through the streets and might easily blend into the shadows, were it not for their tendency to display their rows of luminous teal-colored teeth.
It’s often said that nothing brings people together like a common enemy, and that’s precisely what the monsters do for the residents of Wyndham Tower, one of those high-rise “council estates” that looks like a prettied-up prison, with its barren hallways, harsh fluorescent lights and often surly inhabitants.
While walking home from work, nurse Sam (Jodie Whittaker) is mugged by five of her teenaged Wyndham Tower neighbors, led by the proudly thuggish Moses (John Boyega). The robbery is interrupted when everyone is nearly incinerated by a flaming projectile that’s revealed to be a freak from outer space.
Moses succeeds in killing the creature, but what seems like a triumph has unexpected consequences, as he and his gang are pursued by more of the otherworldly invaders; in no time at all, Wyndham Tower (which the teens refer to as “the block”) is literally crawling with the creatures.
A still-bitter Sam wants nothing to do with the kids, especially after they break into her apartment and urge her to help Pest (Alex Esmail), a member of their crew whose leg was gnawed by one of the ferocious predators. “I’ve only just graduated,” Sam snarls, “and I missed the class on alien bite wounds!”
This frisky, vigorous spoof (propelled by an insistent electronic score by Steven Price) shows a similar sensibility in its breezy blending of goofiness and gruesomeness. No wonder Nick Frost turns up in a plum supporting role as a marijuana dealer who seems to blissfully float above the chaos around him.
Don't worry if you don't understand  every word of the mash-up of patois, Cockney slang and hip-hop terms spoken by the younger characters: Aa good scream (or a good laugh) sounds the same in any language. (James Sanford)

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