We’re back for Round 2 of Netflix A-Z! Are you ready?
Some of you know that I’m part of The Random Chat Show and if you haven’t, well, I am. You should go check it out over at That Moment In. I have two amazing co-hosts and while we didn’t go into an in-depth conversation about Star Wars: The Force Awakens, I did retain one recommendation for a film John Boyega did and that is Attack the Block. And you know what? That is exactly what I’m choosing for the A selection. I need a good movie to start this off and I trust Melissa’s (aka The Creative Fox Den) recommendations. Especially since it has been on my list for a while and I had wanted to start it up a few times but never got around to it.
Let’s check it out! 🙂
Attack the Block (2011)
Director and writer: Joe Cornish
Cast: John Boyega, Jodie Whittaker, Alex Esmail, Leeon Jones, Franz Drameh, Luke Treadaway, Nick Frost
A teen gang in South London defend their block from an alien invasion.-IMDB
Its always hard to imagine a great recent alien movie nowadays. You know, one that isn’t too serious but still packs in a lot of fun. Attack the Block really does have it all. Its fun and action-packed with great creature design and a nice motive behind the alien invasion. The movie itself is packed with young actors and the only familiar faces you might see is Nick Frost and Luke Treadaway. We’ll take a look at the cast in just a bit. Attack the Block is around one neighborhood or even just mostly one building. It follows these young gangs who really aren’t all that dangerous. They each have a snippet of their families and backgrounds and you can see their personality shine through with their own skills and abilities that makes this group well-rounded. In between the pretty thrilling adventures packed with a mix of scares and British humor, it even manages to get us to think about the social situation going on. Plus, the gang turns from a bunch of muggers into the hunted and before long you will start cheering for them, hoping that they’ll manage to get rid of this alien invasion or at least survive it.
I have to say that I went into Attack the Block completely unsure about where and how this was going to go. Just to say, there’s a ton to love about this movie. I’m not big on groups of kids acting tough but these guys and their friendship was put together really well. Each of them have a pretty fun personality that defines who they are and to make me connect and care about them during the movie that I was worried about their survival was a true feat. John Boyega is definitely a talent here. He pulls off the leader of the group and you can feel a bit of his character. The movie never dwells too much on their backgrounds but I think that is okay for its length. It focuses on the issue on hand and that is the alien invasion. It is random and came out nowhere. There are enough questions as they get chased down and the key one is why their little South London block was the main target and why they were the focus and the final big one: how do they stop these raging creatures? If the kids don’t make you feel enough thrills and the occasional laugh, Nick Frost and Luke Treadaway’s characters dialogues will give you the bit of humor to break some of the crazy tension that some scenes do build. Since I’m on that point, Luke Treadaway NEEDS to do more movies. I really like him a lot! (Have you seen him in Tonight You’re Mine!)
One of the biggest positives of Attack the Block has to be the creatures. This one proves that creatures don’t need to be complicated. They go back to a very simple logic of why the creatures landed here. Its a simple explanation of why they chose the block and its a simple solution (in concept and not so much execution for the characters). Who knew that a set of glowing teeth was all you needed to make a menacing alien, right? Fact is, that is all Attack the Block needed to make the convincing character. The movement and features was like a few creatures that we know all meshed together and they way they work turns out to be much more simple than even this group actually thought initially and yet, its super efficient in delivering the tension and the scares.
Overall, Attack the Block is really great. I honestly don’t have much criticism for it. I like the story, the characters, the length, the balance between the scares, thrills and humor and especially the creature design. It works really well for me and its exactly how I’d like to start Netflix A-Z for the beginning of the year. Attack the Block deserves a view and I highly recommend it.
Have you seen Attack the Block? Did you like it?
Any idea what the B selection will be? Hint: Asian Horror