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Attack the Block Review

Attack The Block? Not on their watch.

Attack the Block

While mugging a young woman on her way home, a gang of South Londoners are ferociously interrupted by what they think is a meteorite striking a nearby car. Seeing the youths distracted, the woman makes a run for the nearest building which happens to be her home: nicknamed The Block. Upon closer investigation, the gang discovers the object that struck the car was not a space rock at all: it’s an alien.

Thus begins a game of cat and mouse between the gang and the stranded alien which ends with the youths victorious and parading the corpse through the apartment complex. They take it to one of the upper apartments for safe-keeping and are startled to see more ‘meteorites’ striking the ground around the apartment complex. Determined not to let their home become invaded, the youths set out to destroy the alien intruders. After all, they reckoned, they’d already killed one. Easy-peasy, lemon-squeezy, right?

The producers of Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz have managed to make this movie enjoyable despite the obvious attempts to make a social statement. Setting that aside, the movie is full of action and suspense and just the right amount of creature effects to make you wince and jump at the appropriate moments. Although no release dates have been announced, I would be very surprised if this movie was not coming soon to a theatre near you.

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