Synopsis: Attack the Block is a fast, funny, frightening action adventure movie that pits a teen gang against an invasion of savage alien monsters. It turns a London housing project into a sci-fi playground. A tower block into a fortress under siege. And teenage street kids into heroes. It's inner city versus outer space.
If you are a lover of independent, low budget movies, like me, then you will love this one. It is billed as a black comedy but some people seem to mistake this for a comedy. It is not Shaun of the Dead, it is a fairly serious movie with some underlying humour throughout. It's main message is quite sad with underage boys having to fend for themselves because they have been forgotten and abandoned by their families. The lead male has the attitude of a much older man despite being only a boy but he has not had an easy life and has had to fend for himself for most of his life. You can almost understand how he got into crime and being a young thug and can even empathise with him.
The aliens are hilarious and look like evil Furbies but I guess this is because of the low budget. Don't let the bad aliens ruin the movie though as the story is not changed. In fact, I don't think this movie would have worked so well had it been shot with a bigger budget.
I am from Britain and have spent a lot of time working in and around London but even I struggled to understand the broad London accents at times. However, the accents added to my enjoyment of the movie as it gave it an element of reality but I think your average American watcher will struggle to understand them. Don't let that put you off as it is a movie worth watching.