Monday, September 5, 2011

Box Office Review - Attack The Block

With so many people talking about films it can be hard not to be redundant. With my thoughts on Attack the Block I cannot help but be redundant. The film is every bit as good as you have heard, and if you by chance haven’t already heard, Attack the Block is a fantastic film.

Basically take the gang that Michael Caine exacts revenge against in Harry Brown, but make them the heroes of the film. Now add some mean monsters from space and you get Attack the Block. I have been trying to think of something that knocks the film down a bit, but I haven't been able to. This film is chock full of adventure, comedy, and fantastic gore effects. The script is incredibly tight, and everything that is developed makes perfect sense. Basically I am saying this is one of the best films of the year.

I think the most impressive thing about the film are the performances given by literally everyone. Seeing as the majority of the cast is made up of young first time actors, the performances could have been weak, but I didn't recognize one weak link in the entire film.

Unlike Super 8 which came out earlier this year, Attack the Block is not trying to imitate the classic pg-13 kids film of the 80s. It is taking the idea of those films, then making the current equivalent of them. Director Joe Cornish succeeds fully at doing this. Whether it is the lack of funds on their cell phones, or the many references to video games, the film crafts a tale that is fantastic in nature, but also one that doesn't feel fake, or put on. I am guessing that there are many kids in South London that are exactly like the characters in this film.

It is this South London setting that makes Attack the Block work as well as it does. This is a story that could only be set in London. This makes the film seem somewhat foreign and makes the adventure that much more engaging and exciting. I am trying to think of a similar location that could be used if this was remade (with the state of things the remake is probably already being filmed) and I can't think of any that would work.

I guarantee now that this film will get much use in my Bluray player. It is the kind of adventure film that doesn't get made much anymore, and that makes Attack the Block all the more precious. Any positive buzz this film receives has been earned. Listen to the many opinions that don't matter (including mine) and see this movie.

A Gold Banana

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