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Attack the Block

Attack the Block
  • 2011
  • UK
  • 15
  • Directed by: Joe Cornish
  • Written by: Joe Cornish
  • Cast: Jodie Whittaker, John Boyega, Alex Esmail, Franz Drameh, Leeon Jones, Simon Howard, Luke Treadaway, Jumayn Hunter, Nick Frost

This directorial debut from Joe Cornish (one half of 'Adam-and-Joe') is rather less of a comic affair than you might expect, with proper scares and a gripping sci-fi storyline in which a gang of urban teens defend their tower block from an army of bloodthirsty aliens. Some of the young cast are a little shaky, but leads Whitaker and Boyega are excellent, helping make this a confident start for Cornish.

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Attack the Block

25 Apr 20113 stars

Plays for scares more than laughs, and succeeds admirably

(15) 87min Coming from the same production team as Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and Scott Pilgrim vs the World, this confident debut from Joe Cornish (one half of duo Adam and Joe) is much less a comedy than might have been expected. Rather it’s a…

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