The premise of Attack the Block is pretty simple: aliens invade a sketchy inner-city London neighborhood and come up against a group of teenage hoods. The adverts are quick to point out Edgar Wright’s involvement (he exec-produced), and they’re clever to do so. This movie definitely lives up to Wright’s standards of clever references and well-shot action. What it lacks is his constant humor.
Mind you, that isn’t necessarily a bad thing, so long as you’re expecting it. The trailer definitely plays up the laughs which left me a bit cold for the first 20 minutes or so as I kept wondering why the movie wasn’t funnier. Once I settled into the mood of the film and accepted it for what it, I had a blast.
Attack the Block is an extremely well-shot, well-cast, horror/sci-fi mash up with a few (sparse but great) comedic moments. That’s pretty much all you need to know going in. Definitely check it out if it comes to your city and bring your friends (it released in May in the UK, and hits select US cities July 29th).
NotZombies score: 8.5/10