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Chris C 
"Four words, never backwards."

Posted - 16/05/2011 :  14:43:33  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
So, it's Mrs C's birthday today and we've decided to come and watch Attack The Block. It's 2.45 in the afternoon. There's only five minutes left before the movie starts, and we are the only ones in the theatre. It's ever so lonely...

Thoughts on the movie will follow later.

demonic 
"Cinemaniac"

United Kingdom

Posted - 16/05/2011 :  16:11:50  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
That's a really fun way to watch a movie. Be sure to pretend it's your own private screening room...
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Chris C 
"Four words, never backwards."

Posted - 18/05/2011 :  22:01:19  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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A total of nine people turned up to watch this - par for the course on a Monday afternoon in Ipswich

It's OK. It's a reasonably original take on the "Alien Invasion" genre. A young woman gets mugged on the wayhome by the local gang of yoofs, who subsequently cross paths with a recently arrived alien.

As a result of this, more arrive, and attack the tower block in London where the cast live. Mayhem and destruction follow.

The film is saved from being complete drivel by some competent acting from the leads, particularly Jodie Whittaker and John Boyega. The aliens look like large black shaggy dogs with luminous teeth. One unusual thing is an oft-repeated moral in the story - Actions have consequences.

There's worse ways of spending 90 minutes or so at the cinema, but you're probably better off waiting for the DVD/satellite TV release.
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benj clews 
"...."

United Kingdom

Posted - 19/05/2011 :  10:24:40  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Much as I like the idea, I'm not convinced I could sit through this film. 90 minutes of 'yoof speak' would drive me absolutely nuts.

Maybe I'm getting old, but I never felt the urge to sound like I was Jamaican when I was a kid
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demonic 
"Cinemaniac"

United Kingdom

Posted - 19/05/2011 :  13:35:12  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Probably because we live surrounded by it Benj. It's not that quirky or funny if you hear it every day bruv. You get me? Believe.
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benj clews 
"...."

United Kingdom

Posted - 19/05/2011 :  15:35:27  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by demonic

Probably because we live surrounded by it Benj. It's not that quirky or funny if you hear it every day bruv. You get me? Believe.



True dat.
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randall 
"I like to watch."

NYC, USA

Posted - 11/01/2012 :  21:22:54  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I just saw it and really liked it, innit? Sorry.

Whenever I see a Shakespeare play, there's a five/ten-minute "adjustment period" while I fall in line with the ornate speech, the iambic pentameter, etc. Then it snaps into position and I get about 75% of what's being said. [Sorry, AC, but the only Bard piece I've studied at length was HAMLET -- one whole graduate semester!]

Brit "yoofspeak," or even heavy Isles accents [as in THE GUARD or TYRANNOSAUR], or working-class Strine [as in ANIMAL KINGDOM], require the same adjustment for me, and I still miss about 25-30%. [Monty Python's Flying Circus helped me understand a great deal about Brit idioms, up and down the class scale. Without it, I'd be flailing further today.]

But this one was pretty easy, because the plot is self-evident from the visuals, and it's very clever! [The teenage thugs think about selling their first alien carcass on eBay, etc. Funny!] I'm sure I missed dozens of local references, but I didn't miss the tone, the intent. And the low- to no-budget was an endearing kind of advantage. Glow-in-the-dark TEETH -- genius!

I love pictures that come out of nowhere, and I say this director, whomever he is, and the lead actor, "Moses," w.h.i., have great careers ahead. Pretty soon I won't have to strain to remember their names.
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BaftaBaby 
"Always entranced by cinema."

Posted - 19/02/2012 :  13:50:13  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
What I really like about Joe Cornish's approach to this beautifully judged genre take is how much respect there is for the characters - however much their performances are comically heightened. And it meshes well with his respect for the genre itself. It doesn't matter that the premise is far-fetched because Cornish enables you to accept it as much as the characters do.

Clearly there's sub-text if you look. The block of flats represents an underclass of British society that's constantly being threatened by draconian social policies which proliferate and are inescapable.

But it really doesn't matter if you only get that on a subliminal level, because it's so entertaining. You get me!

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benj clews 
"...."

United Kingdom

Posted - 03/04/2012 :  12:18:05  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Finally got around to watching this film recently. Okay, so I liked the idea, found it occasionally funny and even got comfortable with all the yoof speak. However, I had a major problem with the film as a whole since I just don't get how anyone can root for the central characters.

We're introduced to them as a gang of thugs, abusing, threatening and then robbing a hard-working nurse of her possessions, heartlessly throwing aside and breaking anything they see as unvaluable to them. Being married to a nurse probably heightened my instant disgust for these thieving little shits but putting that aside I still fail to see how anyone could warm to any of them.

Sure, they save some peoples' lives along the way but there was absolutely nothing in this film that made me believe they wouldn't be straight back to robbing and preying on the weak and innocent as soon as their drug-running money had run out.
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