Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Movie with Abe: Attack the Block (Capsule Review)

Attack the Block
Directed by Joe Cornish
Released July 29, 2011

In the course of cinematic history, there have been many alien invasions. They vary in form, shape, and size, as well as motivation for the planetary intrusion on the part of the extraterrestrials. In some cases, it’s unclear just why the alien life forms are attacking humans, but their intended victims definitely don’t want them there. In “Attack the Block,” a loud, violent, occasionally unserious thriller, a group of thugs prepare to defend their neighborhood with a vengeance. It’s a film that builds both in drama and intensity as it goes on, and while it lags initially, it ultimately delivers in terms of energetic and heart-pumping action. The best surprise in a sea of actors playing adolescent punks is Jodie Whittaker from “Venus” and “White Wedding,” who shines in a role that asks little of her, yet she still delivers with all the fierceness and gusto she’s got. That’s not entirely true of the film, but it’s still a fun if not always brainy film.


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