Attack the Block

13 Mar

Attack the Block | 2011 | Director: Joe Cornish | Site | IMDB
What would happen if aliens invaded South London? That is the premise of Attack the Block. A group of hoodies and punks take up arms to defend their block from an alien invasion. This is one of the best science fiction films in years. Writer / director Joe Cornish optimistically suggests that gangs, hoodies and other deviants would step up and fight for those that couldn’t fight on their block. I would like to believe this was the case, but regardless is extremely funny and entertaining. In the special features for the film the director revels part of the idea for this film came after watching the M. Night Shyamalan film Signs. In Signs you see potentially what cold happen if aliens invaded a rural American town. This made Joe wonder- “What would happen if aliens invaded south London.”?I absolutely loved the creature design. The aliens look like humanoid gorilla creatures with long arms and shark like rows of razor sharp fluorescent teeth. When you see the creature the only definition you can make out are the teeth. Everything else is pitch black. As if light could not escape the fur of the creature. This effect looked amazing and was nothing like I had ever seen before. You are able to see the creature and yet are not able to see it. Your imagination fills in the worst. Oh and they don’t have eyes. Which is always a creepy aesthetic when designing a creature. (see Guillermo del Toro)

The kids in Attack the Block are perfect, hilarious and lovable. One of the best films of 2011.

Attack the Block Trailer


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