Movie Review – ‘Attack the Block’

Hello everyone! 🙂

Welcome to ‘Bradley’s Basement’ blog and I’m Tim Bradley!

I don’t usually review movies after watching them on TV. I usually review them after seeing them on the big screen at the cinema and when I’ve seen them on DVD/Blu-ray before doing a quick review or a full-detailed review on them. But trust me when I say that ‘Attack the Block’ deserves attention.

I saw ‘Attack the Block’ as a late-night movie at 12 midnight after Friday the 3rd of January on Channel 4. The movie is a sci-fi action comedy horror starring John Boyega and Jodie Whittaker. This was all before John Boyega played Finn in ‘Star Wars’ and before Jodie Whittaker did ‘Doctor Who’.

The film was released in 2011. It was extraordinary to see John Boyega in his film debut before becoming famous in ‘Star Wars’ and extraordinary to see Jodie Whittaker before she became the Thirteenth Doctor. It was a heck of a ride seeing this movie late at night. It was enjoyably disturbing!

I was shocked by how foul-mouthed this movie was. I could take John Boyega using the F-bomb a lot but to hear Jodie ‘effing and blinding’! The only time I heard Jodie use the F word was in ‘Trust Me’. Believe me, hearing Jodie swear in ‘Trust Me’ was less disturbing hearing her swear in this movie. 😀

Anyway, the movie takes place in south London and features a street gang of five teenagers, led by Boyega as Moses. They attempt to mug Jodie as trainee nurse Sam. Very soon, the housing estate that Moses’ gang lives in gets attacked by black furry-skinned hunter-like aliens from outer space. 😀

The monsters are hunting down Moses and his gang. The teens must defend themselves with Sam helping them. Can they solve the mystery as to why these alien invaders are hunting them down? Will Moses redeem himself and perhaps overthrow these aliens that will likely kill them in the end?!

As well as being John Boyega’s film debut, this movie was also the directorial debut of Joe Cornish. I wonder what else he did after doing this movie…oh, he wrote and directed ‘The Kid Who Would Be King’! Wow! That’s good to know! And he co-wrote the screenplays of ‘The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn’ and ‘Ant-Man’. I’ve seen all the movies he’s written and directed. WOW!!!

The film also features Nick Frost as Ron, a local drug dealer living in a penthouse of Wyndham Tower. Thank goodness this movie was shown late at night and after Christmas. Kids would be pretty disturbed if they found out that Santa Claus from ‘Last Christmas’ did drug-dealing as well! 😀

I can’t deny that this movie put me off with the countless amount of swearing involved both from street gang teenagers and Jodie Whittaker. Woof! But in a strange way, I found this movie hard to resist watching. Even with all the commercial breaks in-between on Channel 4, it was so compelling.

It took a while for me to adjust what was happening as this was a rough part of London with the teenagers speaking all street cred and that. But once the aliens were attacking, I got intrigued and hooked. I wanted to see how the boys would defeat the aliens in their neighbourhood all set at night.

And yes! The entire movie takes place in one night. We don’t see it ever become daytime in the movie. Our heroes led by John Boyega and Jodie Whittaker have to find ways to connect with each other and not easily whilst chased by hordes of dark scary black-furred aliens with glowing teeth! 😀

I’m glad I saw ‘Attack the Block’ with John Boyega and Jodie Whittaker. It’s one of those movies I wouldn’t see ordinarily and it was my Dad who recommended we’d watch it late at night. It was surreal to see a different side of John Boyega and Jodie Whittaker’s acting after seeing them in ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Doctor Who’. The film was pretty compelling to watch throughout and was well-directed.

Thanks for reading!

Bye for now!

Tim. 🙂


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