January 2, 2017


Attack the Block – 2011 | 88 mins | Sci-Fi, Horror, Comedy | Colour


Plot Synopsis

Attack the Block

Adam Cornish, one half of the Adam and Joe comedy team, makes an assured feature film debut with this parody of 80s creatures sci-fi and a subtext of satirical commentary on contemporary urban youth culture. The fast-moving film begins by portraying the feral youths as tabloid stereotypes but gradually fleshed-out characters emerge, but the respect shown to them is hugely refreshing, and their development is skilfully handled and wholly believable. Cornish struggles to maintain the early momentum to the climatic end but there’s more than enough energy and thrills here to appeal to fans of sci-fi comedy.

Feisty student nurse Sam (Jodie Whittaker) is walking home to her flat on Guy Fawkes Night in a scary South London tower block when she�s robbed by a gang of masked, hooded youths led by surly wannabe player Moses (John Boyega). She�s saved when the gang are distracted by a bright meteorite, which falls from the sky and hits a nearby parked car. Sam flees, just before the gang are attacked by a small alien creature that leaps from the wreckage. The gang chase the creature and kill it, dragging its ghoulish carcass to the top of the block, which they treat as their territory.

While Sam and the police hunt for the gang, a second wave of meteors fall. Confident of victory against such feeble invaders, the gang grab weapons, mount bikes and mopeds, and set out to defend their turf. But this time, the fluorescent toothsome creatures are bigger. Much bigger. Savage, shadowy and bestial, they are hunting their fallen comrade and nothing will stand in their way. The Brixton estate is about to become a battleground. Reluctantly hauled into the bloody fray are the earlier mugged Sam, shambling dope dealer Ron (Nick Frost) and nerdy suburban stoner Brewis (Luke Treadaway). And the bunch of no-hope kids who just attacked Sam are about to become her, and the block�s, only hope.

Production Team

Joe Cornish: Director
Thomas Townend: Cinematography
Edgar Wright: Executive Producer
Jonathan Amos: Film Editing
Jane Walker: Makeup Department
Liberty Haynes: Makeup Department
Paul Hyett: Makeup Department
Nicola Matthews: Makeup Department
Stuart Conran: Makeup Department
Mary Elizalde: Makeup Department
Steven Price: Original Music
Nira Park: Producer
James Wilson: Producer
Marcus Rowland: Production Design
Joe Cornish: Script
Jeremy Price: Sound
Ben Meechan: Sound
Alan MacFeely: Sound
Gerard Loret: Sound


Jumayn Hunter: Hi-Hatz
Leeon Jones: Jerome
Franz Drameh: Dennis
Alex Esmail: Pest
Luke Treadaway: Brewis
John Boyega: Moses
Jodie Whittaker: Sam
Nick Frost: Ron

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