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Attack the Block

This film is what I mean when I talk about adding diversity without making it the focal point in your work.

Attack the Block takes place in a London slum run by a drug gang. The main characters are black teenagers whose best option is getting in good with that gang leader. All of this just is the setting and characters. Yes, there is growth. Yes, you find out about life in this neighborhood. The plot: aliens have landed and are attacking their neighbor hood. These thugs take up arms to defend their block.
I don’t think I’ve ever seen a movie that takes place in a bad neighborhood with gang members , yet doesn’t have fighting them or breaking free be the main plot. I loved it.

It wasn’t as funny as I thought it would be. Mostly dark humor, but I still enjoyed it. The kids in this movie are great. I look forward to seeing them in a lot more. And the aliens are wonderful; they are so dark and their movements are perfect. Very creepy.

This is not a movie for young children. There is violence, drug use, and a ton of cussing!

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4 responses »

  1. Well I know what my next foreign film will be. I look forward to these recommendations. I’m signed up to go to a viewing of “Caterpillar” next week. Not sure about that one, given the caveats. We’ll see.

  2. This is on my list of movies to see. It looks very funny. The humor is probably a little off for American audiences because it is British humor. But I was raised on Monty Python, so I think I’ll like it. I agree, with what I’ve seen from the trailer, it’s not a film about the characters being black, it’s a film where the characters are black. That is nice to see.

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