Friday, April 8, 2011

Attack The Block

Now i am a huuuuge fan of BBC, i just love it, and one of my favorite shows is SKINS, so when i found out, the creators of shaun of the dead, were making a movie about aliens invading the ghetto of great Britain, i kinda flipped my damn lid. Set on a council estate in South London on Bonfire night, the film follows a gang of youths, Moses (John Boyega), Pest (Alex Esmail), Dennis (Franz Drameh), Jerome (Leeon Jones) and Biggz (Simon Howard). While they are mugging a male nurse Sam (Jodie Whittaker), a fiery object falls from the sky, crashing through the roof of a parked car near them. When they investigate, they discover a creature who was part of the meteor and kill it. Soon more aliens follow and the gang have to defend themselves from them. it looks hilarious and just plain fun, and the cast is in my opinion brilliantly picked, and a rare side of London than America is used to seeing. watch the trailer below.  The film currently has no American distributor but after the reaction of the press and attendees at the SXSW premiere, it is highly unlikely it will stay this way. US distributors are concerned by the thick South London accents and that American audiences won't understand them, because lets face it, American are not cultured and sadly they may even use subtitles if it is released in the United States. Cornish acknowledged this during the SXSW Q and A When he asked the audience "Can I ask you guys something? American distributors are nervous about language, the slang, could you understand it?", but the audience "shot back a resounding yes." so hopefully it will not be dumbed down for the Yanks. Early buzz is extremely positive. Following its premiere at SXSW, Scott Wampler of The Examiner rated it A+ and said it was officially the best film of the festival and liked it to other debuts such as Neil Blomkamp's District 9 and Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs. Matt Patches writing for Cinemablend said "Attack the Block, even on its small scale, may wind up as one of the best action movies of the year". IGN gave it four stars saying "Cornish directs with the confidence of a seasoned pro" and calling the film "a blast from start-to-finish." The film currently holds a 100% "fresh" review score on Rotten Tomatoes.

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