Aliens John Boyega
July 29, 2011 by Post Team
Aliens John Boyega, Block Attack, “a new hope-for-a-cult science fiction, has a great idea: What if aliens landed in the ghetto? It’s easy to imagine you’re a big hit 35 years ago. Sign up for Isaac Hayes and Fred “The Hammer” Williamson, a character with at least 0.38 and spit out a “Bite this, stupid,” and Hollywood accountants are still in hiding profits.
Unfortunately, “Attack the Block” makes two fundamental mistakes: no great monsters. And it has great heroes. The argument is simple: Suddenly, one summer afternoon in South London, the creatures begin landing. The only good thing about the invasion is occurring announced discontinuation of assault. The victim escaped, the attackers adolescents take up arms.
In fact, they are adults and could not see Jim Brown and Pam Grier offing these aliens to invade your territory? While proper velvet Antonio Fargas complains in the background? The first problem, however, is that these aliens are simple slimeballs hairballs – hairy monsters, featureless black whose only identifying features are two double rows of blue that glows in the dark fangs.
And sharp as the fangs are the monsters still look, well, Muppets angry. That is very scary. The second problem is that our heroes are criminals. And criminals do not particularly interesting – like Kurt Russell in “Escape from New York” or Vin Diesel in “Pitch Black” – but stupid and violent teens taking a knife to a poor nursing student walking home.
Do you want the root of these guys? Sorry, but I prefer the root of foreigners. The film, usually about redeeming the punks through the usual excuses (no parent involvement, not because society does not really mean to hurt anyone, blah, blah, blah, blah). And yes, ultimately they – or at least one of them – have become a responsible adulthood.
Old movie is a story of redemption, which dates back to early Western – walking to the next screen to see “Cowboys & Aliens” if you want to see the same theme played with a bigger budget. But at least there is no support Daniel Craig pulling leaves defenseless women.
“The attack on the Block” is credited with leading a very few action sequences, and a handful of good performances – John Boyega is fine as walking oxymoron, the assailant heroic star and comedian Nick Frost gets some stoner jokes as child’s primary connection.
But for a film that appears to be approaching the kind of serious social commentary of “District 9″, “Attack the Block” deflates.
You may find, by chance, on cable the night one day and see to the end – and feels a little guilty fun when you finally turn off the TV. But paying full price to see in a theater? You may just feel robbed.
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