Attack the Block
Moses and his friends are a group of petty criminals who run a neighbourhood in the outskirts of London. After having robbed a young girl, they see a light falling from the sky and head over the the crash site to see what happened. There they find a small but vicious alien creature but the group has little problem getting it killed. They head back to their block with its corpse to discuss what they’re going to do with the body. However, more aliens are on their way and they’re not as small as the dead one. And they seem particularly interested in Moses and his friends…
Sound and Vision:
The image contains some issues with banding popping up now and then and colors are dull but overall the image is still quite decent. Especially the deep blacks are worth mentioning as the aliens are actually little more than black forms of hair with neon-glow teeth. If the blacks weren’t as good as they are, the effect would definitely not have been as good as it is now. Overall not demo-material, but definitely a decent transfer.
The soundtrack is very nice with perfectly positioned main dialogues at the front, while the hip-hop music has constant bass pounding. The sound is as perfectly placed as it can be.
Attack the Block is an alien invasion movie unlike you’ve ever seen. Except for maybe if you’ve seen Skyline which also focuses on a small number of people during an invasion. Still, the difference here is that it isn’t the world that gets invaded but only a small block in the outskirts of London and the rest of the world isn’t even aware it’s happening, making for a very interesting setup.
The start is very slow and it takes a while before you get into the movie, but once things start moving, it really does manage to catch your interest and will keep you at the tip of your seat until the last minute. There’s plenty of comedy that passes by, the acting is solid and the alien creatures are very original to say the least. Attack the Block isn’t a big budget Independence Day type of movie, but gives an interesting spin to the genre, while still keeping some of the genre’s clichés at hand.
Fun to watch, original to say the least, and although maybe not for everyone, it’s definitely a suggestion for people who don’t mind stepping out of classic boundaries.