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A group of London teens find themselves in the middle of an alien invasion and fight to defend their tower block from some evil extraterrestrials in this stylish sci-fi romp from the producers of SHAUN OF THE DEAD and SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD. Beset by a gang of young thugs as she passes through a South London housing estate, Sam (Jodie Whittaker) is in the midst of being robbed when a ball of light falls out of the sky, and destroys a nearby car. Frightened, she flees from the scene just before an unearthly beast emerges from the wreckage and attacks Moses (John Boyega), the leader of the youthful gang. In retaliation, Moses and his crew slay the creature, and take it to a local drug den owned by ruthless gangster Hi-Hatz (Jumayn Hunter) for safe keeping. Later, as the police assist Sam in pursuing her assailants, strange lights start to rain down on the streets, heralding the arrival of a second, more ferocious, wave of creatures. With the city under siege, there's no place left to run. Quickly realizing she's going to have to fight if she wants to survive, Sam once again crosses paths with the street-tough teens, but instead of running away vows to battle alongside them to the bitter end. Meanwhile, Moses becomes the primary target of the aliens, and the group arms themselves with everything from baseball bats to high-powered fireworks in the fight to save the human race.
John Boyega, Jodie Whittaker, Alex Esmail, Franz Drameh, Leeon Jones
3 stars out of 5 -- "[The film] offers a deliciously simple premise and sticks to it like glue, as hoodies become heroes in the midst of one almighty alien invasion."
"Cornish draws superb performances out of his inexperienced central quintet, especially John Boyega and Alex Esmail....Films this cine-literate are rarely this unpretentiously enjoyable..."
Sight and Sound
4.5 stars out of 5 -- "Cornish's idiomatic dialogue is hilarious and the longtime comic's sense of timing is perfect....This small movie is hugely entertaining..."
"Pulsing with a rowdy energy, the film works as both a sci-fi horror flick and a teen adventure film..."
Los Angeles Times
3 stars out of 4 -- "[A]n entertaining thriller in the tradition of 1970s B-action films, with an unknown cast, energetic special effect and great energy."
"[A] clever blend of sc-fi and comedy, which its toothy furball space invaders against young South London thugs."
"The special effects are restrained and fairly effective; Cornish, to his credit, has done a lot with a little."
"[T]his fabulously inventive debut feature, written and directed by the British comedian Joe Cornish, never flags."
New York Times
"ATTACK THE BLOCK has a clever script and winning underdog spirit..."
3.5 stars out of 4 -- "It's hot, fierce, funny, vicious and ready to bite, baby. ATTACK gets its teeth from writer-director Joe Cornish, in a smashing debut."
"[I]t's a blast to be drawn into this urban ecosystem that is, to us Yanks, itself a bit alien." -- Grade: B+
3.5 stars out of 4 -- "ATTACK THE BLOCK demands to be seen simply because it is a thrill -- a pulse-raiser whose perfect construction and pointed wit make it one of the year's most exciting films."
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