|Get Your Popcorn Ready!|
The premise begs for a certain suspension of disbelief: a group of young thugs whose territory is a crowded housing project in London finds themselves at odds with a group of predatory aliens. The film's primary pleasures come in the exotic mix of elements from movie genres that are generally held as mutually exclusive: the science-fiction invasion movie & the urban teen comedy -- with a perfect tag-line: "Inner City versus Outer Space."
Thus do we get the well-earned punchline: "See, is that a dog? That is not a dog!" (See the movie to get the joke.)
I also see interesting parallels between the recent blockbuster Super-8 and this funny little import. Both movies feature youngsters having to cope with interstellar intrusions, but the tone & setting of each movie is vastly different. Where the former is clearly an earnest homage, the latter is just an exercise in fun. And I would argue that Attack The Block holds its own in this comparison.
|This isn't Alien, and these ain't the Goonies...|