The starting was kind of slow, but after the first 20 minutes it really picked up nicely. Moses was a well-developed character, and even though they were a bunch of punks, you really want to root for their survival. The Alien design was fantastic.
It's got a few problems with pacing, but this foul-mouthed Goonies is a lot of fun. For its small budget it looks great and the unknown cast is uniformly solid, it's just a shame some of the jokes get lost in the mayhem.
So this is the current Goonies generation. From some kids looking for pirate treasure, 25 years later it is kid vandals kicking alien scum butt. Cloverfield, eat your heart out. This is how you make a fun alien invasion movie. Great fun! Moses running through the corridor with the aliens chasing is epic.
Given Joe Cornish's previous work, I think a lot of people might have been expecting a much broader comedy piece, or perhaps in a pastiche of the sci-fi-horror genre. Instead is a fine work of imaginative sci-fi with occasional moments of light relief. It has a solid premise, a story that plays that premise out, and is full of impressive performances. Particularly from the younger cast members. A very enjoyable piece of work.
Modern British comedy at its finest. A more 'realistic' approach to alien films, not far off the idea behind 'District 9', but still totally different. The characters, despite being yobbish dickheads, are eventually easy to empathise with and the subtle undercurrent of social commentary is refreshingly understated. Laughs are solid and fairly consistent, with a good touch of tension in the more thrilling scenes.
I wanted to like this but after Shaun of the Dead this was a real letdown. Nick Frost was basically the only capable actor in the cast yet he had the fewest lines and the most insignificant role. The few lines he did have were worthless. While I liked the idea of this film, I felt that the whole thing was dragged down by poorly written dialog and lousy music; a couple of good tracks on the soundtrack but the rest of it just sounded generic. Also the film was mostly unfunny and had a weak ending.
This is a competently made creature feature that obliquely addresses a few social issues, which is more notable for the attempt than the commentary. I think the film is a little too progression focused, the characters don't develop so much as lurch from set piece to set piece, and the leads aren't particularly strong. The atmosphere is probably the film's strongest trait as the claustrophobic hallways facilitate the tension. I wouldn't watch this again, but it wasn't difficult to watch.
This was a blast! Genuinely very funny, brilliantly shot, with great young cast, whose characters strike a good balance between irritating and likeable! Most of all "Attack the Block" is seriously exciting! Helped by the fierce looking aliens, Cornish succeeds in making this movie a tense and frantic experience. Highly recommended innit blud!
Main characters are completely loathsome. That could have worked well - two opposing forces, both intent on violence and harm fighting it out. Instead the kids get an ill-thought-through redemption arc, becoming heroic saviours by default.
An exciting adventure with super-cool visuals (pitch black monsters with glowing fangs, what's not to like?) and powerful audio, amid a London gangster atmosphere. Very cool. The characters' interactions never failed to amuse, and brought up the issues of racism and classism in ways more thoughtful than might be expected of a movie about killing aliens. Weed jokes were a little heavy sometimes but not intolerably tacky.
An effectively tense, violent and hilarious genre smoothie. Interestingly, it throws in some political and social commentary whenever the story slows down (which isn't often, thankfully), and I do wish it could have finished what it started with its themes of violent youth culture and flatfoot maleficence. But what really makes the movie excellent, and better than most everything else this year, is the incredible child acting. It went places I didn't think it could.
So, an alien invasion movie which contains gorilla-suited monsters and very little cg turned out pretty darn good thanks to a whole lot of talent and a little social awareness. The camera moves were so slick in this one, and they find a million ways to obscure the cheap as hell monsters and keep them scary. The heroes were amoral and unlikable, but their consciences eventually catch up with them and they do grow just enough to make them bearable. Great movie.
Entertaining enough. None of the characters really stood out though. They might as well have been nameless. The aliens were pretty cool, especially for a somewhat low budget movie like this. This had the potential to be much better.
The film's so pathetic made it slightly bare-able. The plot was horrible, the alien's were laughable yet the character's stupidity, accents and the random crap they came out with made me laugh at how horrible the film was. Don't plan to ever watch it again right enough.