It’s been a long, long time since I’ve seen an indie genre film get this much hype. The difference is that people have actually seen Joe Cornish’s UK Attack the Block, and have since raved about it (our own David Harley caught it at SXSW where it won the “Midnight Feature Audience Award”; read his review). Even horror icon Eli Roth spent the past two days sticking on the topic via his personal Twitter. I personally have yet to see a negative reaction.
The hype is real…
Sony Screen Gems, known for mediocre PG-13 thrillers, has acquired it. Could this be the start of something new? Let’s hope so!
Attack The Block pits a gang of South London inner city youths against marauding aliens. Jodie Whittaker, John Boyega, Alex Esmail, Franz Drameh, Leeon Jones, Simon Howard, Luke Treadaway, Jumayn Hunter and Nick Frost star. Popular Shaun of the Dead star Edgar Wright served as executive producer.
Trainee nurse Sam is walking home to her flat in a scary South London tower block when she’s robbed by a gang of masked, hooded youths. She’s saved when the gang are distracted by a bright meteorite, which falls from the sky and hits a nearby parked car. Sam flees, just before the gang are attacked by a small alien creature that leaps from the wreckage. The gang chase the creature and kill it, dragging its ghoulish carcass to the top of the block, with they treat as their territory.
While Sam and the police hunt for the gang, a second wave of meteors fall. Confident of victory against such feeble invaders, the gang grab weapons, mount bikes and mopeds, and set out to defend their turf. But this time the creatures are bigger. Much bigger. Savage, shadowy and bestial, they are hunting their fallen comrade and nothing will stand in their way. THE ESTATE IS ABOUT TO BECOME A BATTLEGROUND. And the bunch of no-hope kids who just attacked Sam are about to become her, and the block’s, only hope.”