It’s November and that could only mean one thing! No, not rain. Okay, so it could only mean two things. Yup, there it is – Children’s Day is around the corner!!! *Runs around with hands up in the air*
It’s unfair how there are no guy-centric days, unless you are one of two guys who *celebrate* Valentine’s Day, LOSER. (The other one’s me, yes). So remember, no matter how old we get, we’ll always be children in our parents’ eyes… and Children’s Day’s the excuse for getting gifts, yay!
But that’s still no reason for you to have to spend the day getting your cheeks pulled. NO. As movies have proven to us, children can be more badass than adults, when the occasion demands. And in case there’s an alien invasion round the block of a shady Irish town, the occasion has demanded, bruv. “Believe.”
Not since Green Street Hooligans, have I been so completely blown away on seeing a film I had very little clue of than when I got done with English director Joe Cornish’s debut, Attack the Block. If there was a badass scale of 1 to Jason Statham, the film would be right up there with a Lock Stock or a Snatch, in that you just cannot believe how they make ‘em so f**king cool.
In fact, the film is SO badass that ET’s never going to be phoning from home, or this gang of hooligan kids will kick its ass back on its planet. And yes, this film is SO badass that I justified the ‘children’s’ theme, even though this straight up witty, pulsating, heart-pounding, and mad-exciting movie is clearly about a bunch of teenage thugs so tough they can take down an army… of giant, hideous, bear-like aliens.
Attack the Block’s screenplay is a roller coaster ride, the kids are more awesome than any of us could be in 30 lives put together, the direction’s given Cornish street cred to last a generation, and the Irish slang’s so cool that even if you settle down in an Irish ghetto, you’d still not be “allowed it”.
Apart from giving the English indie scene some much-needed nitrate, the film’s done for alien movies what Pulp Fiction and Lock Stock… did for crime movies – turn the genre on its head. Attack The Block’s the bloody, R-rated version of ET… WATCH IT because this is as ‘sick’ as they get.
Starring: John Boyega, Jodie Whittaker, Nick Frost, Alex Esmail
Written By: Joe Cornish
Directed By: Joe Cornish
Note: This recommendation first appeared in MTV Noise Factory, November 2011 issue
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