Monday, January 9, 2012
Attack the Block makes alien invasion movies new again
Signs was lauded for putting an alien invasion in tight focus--looking only at the effect of extra-terrestrial visitation on one family rather than the global scope taken by films like War of the Worlds or Independence Day. Attack the Block uses this same strategy, but rather than feeling claustrophobic, it manages to infuse larger arguments about race and class in contemporary London into a plot that also includes bloodthirsty aliens, stoned and sword-wielding tweens, Nick Frost, and one tricked-out Super Soaker. The movie is funny, suspenseful, and surprisingly uplifting--and don't be dissuaded if you have to use the subtitles at first to comprehend the thick accents of the principals. It's worth the effort.