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  • Production
  • 15
  • Action, Comedy
  • 2011
  • 88 mins

Attack The Block

Film4 Attack the Block

Synopsis

Pitting a teen gang against an invasion of savage alien monsters, Attack The Block turns a London housing estate into a sci-fi playground, a tower block into a fortress under siege, and teenage street kids into heroes.

About

Trainee nurse Sam (Jodie Whittaker) is walking home to her flat in a scary South London tower block when she's robbed by a gang of masked, hooded youths (John Boyega, Alex Esmail, Franz Drameh, Leeon Jones, Simon Howard). 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 creatures are bigger. Much bigger. Savage, shadowy and bestial, they are hunting their fallen comrade and nothing will stand in their way. The estate is about to become a battleground. And the bunch of no-hope kids who just attacked Sam are about to become her, and the block's, only hope.

Attack The Block is written and directed by Joe Cornish, and stars Jodie Whittaker, Luke Treadaway and Nick Frost, and introduces John Boyega, Alex Esmail, Franz Drameh, Leeon Jones, Simon Howard and Jumayn Hunter. The film was released in UK cinemas in May 2011 and is available now on DVD, Blu-Ray and Film4oD. Attack The Block is a critically acclaimed Joe Cornish film part-funded and developed by Film4, and currently rating 90% on reviews aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes.

Press quotes

"Blending laughs, thrills and sci-fi chills with aplomb, Cornish's debut is nothing less than - yes! - the new Shaun Of The Dead. Believe, bruv." Chris Hewitt - Empire magazine

"With tremendous assurance and utter lack of condescension, Cornish puts his young cast playing the council-block kids at the very centre of the action. He directs them tremendously well and they reward him with performances of charm and energy" Peter Bradshaw - The Guardian

"it’s hard to imagine British audiences having more fun in a cinema this year." David Jenkins - Time Out

"Balancing big laughs and big shocks, Attack the Block is a brilliant first film by anybody's standards." Matt Bochenski - Little White Lies magazine

Cast & Connections

  • Actor: Alex Esmail, Franz Drameh, Jodie Whittaker, Luke Treadaway, John Boyega, Nick Frost, Leeon Jones, Simon Howard
  • Director: Joe Cornish
  • Screen Writer: Joe Cornish
  • Producer: Nira Park, James Wilson
  • Photographer: Thomas Townend
  • Composer: Steven Price

The bottom line

Attack The Block was released in May 2011. Empire magazine said: "blending laughs, thrills and sci-fi chills with aplomb, Joe Cornish's debut is nothing less than - yes! - the new Shaun Of The Dead. Believe, bruv." It is now available on DVD and Blu-ray.

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