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Film Review: Attack the Block

Directed by Joe Cornish
Starring Nick Frost, Jodie Whittaker and John Boyega
Score:  4/4

Looking at the poster and trailer for Attack the Block, I don’t blame people for not being more excited about this movie.  When the buzz around it started building (especially the audience award at SXSW), I didn’t understand it.  Obviously I was missing something, so I was more curious than anything when I got the invitation to catch a preview screening last night.  What I couldn’t have possibly expected was a film that is a direct descendant of films from John Carpenter, Wes Craven and even Cliver Barker from mostly the 70’s and 80’s.  If you’re not sure if that’s a good thing or not, believe me, it’s a VERY good thing.  When the opening shot of the movie was a static shot of a starry night and a synth score that John Carpenter could have easily written in the 80’s started up as a meteor fell to earth, I immediately got an idea of what I was in for, and this movie met every single one of my expectations.

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