Attack the Block: Inner City vs Outer Space (2011)

Posted: July 5, 2012 in Action, Comedy, Horror

Moses and his gang are the rulers of their block of the London streets. After attacking a woman to steal her purse, an object falls from the sky and a creature emerges. Chasing after it, the gang kills the creature and drags it back to their building to show to the drug lord (Hi-Hatz) on the top floor. Initially, they plan on simply storing it there, but they soon discover that more creatures are falling from the sky. While chasing after one of them, the police catch up to the gang, taking Moses into custody when the woman (Sam) identifies him. New creatures begin to emerge and are more deadly than their first encounter. While it is not enough to just have the dark creatures chasing after them, Hi-Hatz seems to have a vendetta on the gang for making a mistake and bringing the creatures to the block. Brought together by fate, the group faces the challenges head-on in hopes of saving the block from destruction.

Starring: Jodie Whittaker (Sam), John Boyega (Moses), Nick Frost (Ron), Alex Esmail (Pest), Leeon Jones (Jerome), Franz Drameh (Dennis), Simon Howard (Biggz), Luke Treadaway (Brewis), Jumayn Hunter (Hi-Hatz)

With a cast mostly unknown to American audiences, this may not be a likely film for most movie-goers. Whittaker appears a little meek at the beginning of the film but comically gets caught up in the chaos that follows the gang and grows more of a backbone. John Boyega exhibits a strong sense of anger but gives few secrets to the source until late in the film (though this is never a real focus). Hunter seems a little overly angry and brash but works for the progression of the story and the formula of the horror element of the film. Nick Frost may be the only recognizable actor but his role is on the smaller side.


This British film by Joe Cornish may seem a little hokey, but it also exhibits a campy horror story that is quite enjoyable to watch. The entanglement between Sam and the gang may be frustrating for the character but humorous for the viewer. She struggles throughout the film with getting caught up in the fight when she was just originally trying to get home for a quiet evening. Moses may make a lot of bad decisions and behaves in criminal ways most of the time, but his behavior comes from an abandonment from is family and is also the only life he knows. When given the opportunity to care about other people, he has a chance to redeem some of his wrongdoing, even if he would never openly admit to it.


The creatures for this film are a rather interesting creations because they initially look a little too much like puppets until they start to take out the various members of the block. After one of them is killed, their exploration of the darkness of their fur and the intimidation of their size makes them more significant as ravenous killing machines. On the other hand, the campiness of the film makes it a little frustrating at time with the difference between their more intense, direct moments of killing versus their moments of delayed attack. With the film maintaining a light-hearted feeling even during significant conflict, the creatures never become so overwhelming that they cannot be stopped.

Attack the Block is a fun but limited film that has a simpleness that is rather funny if able to decipher some of the messy dialogue.

Dan’s Rating: 3.0/5


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