ATTACK THE BLOCK quickie review
Attack the Block (2011)–***
A group of British teens in an inner-city London neighborhood must protect their building from an alien attack. This debut feature from British comedian Joe Cornish is a hilarious, expertly paced sci-fi comedy. Anyone who has seen Skins or Misfits on the telly will be unaffected by the pot-smoking, foul-mouthed delinquents. But when you pit these entertaining kids against space invaders, you see shades of classic 80s genre pictures like Goonies and Monster Squad. Attack the Block, in turn, will likely be a cult classic for the ages. Directed by Joe Cornish and starring John Boyega, Jodie Whittaker and Alex Esmail, with Nick Frost as the local drug dealer Ron.