Attack the Block (Joe Cornish, 2011)

What's it about? An action-horror-comedy in which a gang of inner city kids are forced to defend their council estate from an invading alien force.

Is it any good? An entertaining, fast-paced affair with some good action and scares, as well as memorable monsters in the form of ' big alien-gorilla-wolf-motherfuckers' with jet black fur and glowing teeth. The irreverent, slang-filled interaction between the gang members offers plenty of good chuckles and there's even an element of social satire about British class/culture, although that remains pleasingly understated. The young cast play it straight and since they're mostly unknowns, there's a genuine unpredictability as to who will survive and who will end up as alien-food. All in all, a thoroughly enjoyable monster movie and a confident debut from director Cornish.

I don't trust you. What do others think? Mostly positive reviews, but some people were a bit sniffy about the 'heroes' of the film, since they are hoodies who start off the film mugging a defenceless woman. But that's real life, innit bruv? Believe.

Anything else I should know? Cornish is the 'Joe' half of comedy duo Adam and Joe, who some readers might best remember for their 'ToyMovies' in which they would condense well-known movies into short re-creations using stuffed toys and cardboard sets. You can find most of them on YouTube - here's the Trainspotting spoof.

What does the Fonz think? Homeboys and Aliens

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