Attack The Block (2011 – DVD)

“This is too much madness to explain in one text!”

One of my favourite programs of the nineties was the Adam & Joe show on C4 and because I was under 18 at the time I often saw their cuddly-toy based spoofs of movies before I saw the actual films.  ‘Attack The Block’ is Joe Cornish’s directorial debut and he impresses from the start by pulling off a huge feat with his characters. Because he introduces these main players in a scene where they are robbing a defenceless girl at knife point, but somehow you kinda love them by the end.

The film is massively inspired by the films of John Carpenter (‘Assault On Precinct 13’ in particular) as well as daring 80s entertainments like ‘Gremlins’, ‘The Goonies’ and ‘Predator’. The film takes place across one night as a tower block is invaded by monsters from space. The central joke is that even though the aliens are huge black mutant Gorilla/Wolves with glowing blue fangs they’ve met their match in a bunch of council estate kids from South London.  Cornish’s young cast of (Mostly) unknowns are uniformly brilliant and his script has some interesting things to say about the society we live in. I can’t wait to see what Cornish does for his next film!

Here’s the trailer:

Also here’s a classic Adam & Joe spoof of ‘Trainspotting’:

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