Film of the Week: Attack the Block

From 'Paul' to 'Battle: Los Angeles' and 'Mars Needs Moms', alien invasion has been one of the big cinematic themes of the year.

Writer/director Joe Cornish (of 'Adam and Joe' fame) puts a distinctively British spin on the genre with his feature debut, set on the mean streets of a council estate in South London.

The invasion begins while five youths are mugging a passing nurse (Jodie Whittaker) when a fiery object plummets from the sky. Inside is a space alien, which they promptly polish off.

But they reckon without the rest of the invasion force and soon find themselves becoming unlikely heroes as everybody pulls together to battle savage monsters for control of their tower block.

Openly inspired by the likes of 'Gremlins', this riot of gory fun also benefits from a pounding Basement Jaxx soundtrack and a terrific supporting role for Nick ('Shaun of the Dead') Frost.

Screenplay: Joe Cornish   Distributor: Optimum

You should see it because: It proves we need no help from the Americans when seeing off pesky alien invaders!

See it if you liked: Shaun of the Dead (2004), Paul (2011), Anuvahood (2011)

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