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Attack the Block 
"Attack The Block" by Yojimbo
2/4 stars

When aliens invade a council estate in South London, a gang of local teenagers band together to defend their tower block. The idea behind this film has a lot of comic potential and the fact that Attack The Block was written and directed by Joe Cornish from cult TV skit show The Adam & Joe show meant I was looking forward to it immensely. It has that low-budget-but-in-a-cool-way sort of feel and some knowing direction and nice visual flourishes added to the anticipation but it has one MASSIVE flaw. It's just not funny enough. Nick Frost's brief appearances raised a couple of smiles but as a whole the film takes itself WAY too seriously. The alleged comedy relies on little more than ghetto speak and weed references leaving the story feeling like just another generic monster movie with the "heroes" you're supposed to be rooting for a bunch of obnoxious thugs it's difficult to care about; and yet from the other point of view, when they become victims it's difficult to escape the uncomfortable feeling that you're actually watching children being decapitated and eviscerated. It does have its moments, but instead of what could've been Britain's answer to Bad Taste we have Chavs Versus Aliens.


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