Culture Club: Attack the Block (15)
Readers review this week's big film
Thursday 19 May 2011
"It's not Shaun of the Dead, but it is witty, very English and full of aliens. Jodie Whittaker and John Boyega do an excellent job in the lead roles and the cinematography is pleasingly fresh. The soundtrack is punchy and bold and, although some of the gang-talk grates by being a bit self-consciously 'street', there's a great urban chase sequence with kids on bikes being pursued by hairy extra-terrestrials. What lets it down is the patchy unravelling of background and character development."
"Lucky that I have a teenage stepson to translate the street lingo for me."
"It's a middle-class white man, aged 42, putting words into the mouths of black working-class teenagers..."
"Cliché ridden, but I liked the aliens."
"There's too much madness to include in one comment!"
Steven Serrao Gutierrez
"It was pretty hilarious and entertaining."
"Cornish spent time working on the script/language with actual youths who live in that type of estate in London... the cast where able to improvise, too... the film was great fun..."
"I thought it was good!"
"Cornish pulls off the absurd scenario. Teen gang versus aliens is a recipe for success."
"With nods to classic sci-fi movies – Critters, Gremlins, Assault on Precinct 13 , The Warriors, ET, Predator – Cornish has managed to create his own sci-fi gem."
"Great cast of kids."
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