Review: Attack the Block (2011)

As you may have heard me mention recently, I scored tickets to the St. Louis advanced screening of Attack the Block (2011) on Wednesday. Much thanks to the people at /Film for making it happen. Since seeing the film, I’ve been racking my brain trying to come up with an appropriate review. There’s a lot of food for thought- the race relations message in the film; the extremely tight script; the magnificent character, Moses and equally magnificent performance of John Boyega bringing Moses to life; the excellent way that director Joe Cornish built suspense on a budget; the comedic relief of Nick Frost, who’s surprisingly a secondary character;  the genius behind the alien design, which allowed them to create a perfectly frightening monster without breaking the effects bank; the perfect balance between story, humor, and thrills; and on and on. After nearly two days of deep thought about it, I think I’ve finally formulated all of the things I’d like to say about the movie.


Honestly, I wrestled with all of the things I wanted to say about the movie, but they really can be summed up more efficiently with those six words.


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11 responses to “Review: Attack the Block (2011)

  1. Why don’t you tell us how you really feel?

    • I’m probably over-selling it. It was definitely a slam dunk for me because of how much I like the Nira Park/Edgar Wright/Nick Frost/Nick Angel crew. It’s not fair to omit Joe Cornish from that since it was really his script and movie, but it’s hard not to notice when that gang is involved.

  2. I wrestled with what to write about the film myself after seeing it Wednesday – as it is I think I mailed in yesterday’s post.

    I might have been better off following your lead!

    I’ll be interested to see what the reception to the film is like.

    • Your comment here to Univarn sums it up nicely:

      “this film isn’t a game-changer, but it is a lot of fun. Take your seat and expect to be entertained, you won’t be disappointed.”

  3. I can’t wait to see it. It should arrive in New Zealand within a few months, but since it probably isn’t a big summer blockbuster, we shouldn’t be expecting it too soon. One of the most promising films of the year…

  4. Hah, I thought the trailer looked good. But it has gotten quite mixed reviews, hope I get to see it soon. Am definitely not sure if they’re ever going to show it here in Finland.

  5. OMG I can’t find Attack the Block opening anywhere in STL? WTF? Do you know who’s going to be showing it?

    • I’m equally disappointed. I’m guessing that when/if it shows up here, it’ll be either Plaza Frontenac or the Tivoli. Those are the two I’m going to keep an eye on. I’ve heard it got a pretty limited release to see how it does before they go into a wider release.

    • Just a quick update (and I hope you’re subscribed so you see this comment)- it’s opening this weekend in STL. I know it’ll show at Ronnie’s. I’m not sure about anywhere else. And I think the first showing is tonight at midnight.

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