All the character's are underdeveloped, yet Attack the Block is a wild and entertaining party film that recalls Super 8 and early-Spielberg films that feature fresh blends of genre conventions with a youthful perspective. It's also only funny half the time that it tries to be, due to the forced 1980's-style one-liners, yet the glee that Cornish presents his images and the action-horror scenes give it a lust of life.
Pretty realistic portrayal of disenfranchised devil-may-care chavs and what they have to do to stave off a sudden attack by otherworldly beasties... plus the movie makes no airs and gets right to the point of playing through the action as everyone and everything runs amok. -- PolarisDiB
Cornish's feel for character & crisp plotting overcomes a less than stellar directorial impulse. The creature design is interesting but we see far too much of it. Social critique is implicit, but underlined too much. A few lines are eye-rolling clunkers. Still, it's worth it for the kids and Jodie Whittaker, who is always a pleasure on screen.
There are some things I loved about this movie. From the suburban background till the way Cornish films all the movement in scene. It's a much more visual film than what I thought - it's refreshingly good for an alien film. I do not consider at all a blockbuster for itself. Cornish input a personality into the film, a mix of violent scenes with super slo-mo parts.
After Wright and Vaughn, join the club Joe.
The most over-hyped movie of 2011 (I saw it on too many year end Best lists to count) is still pretty damn entertaining. "Attack the Block" is earnest in the way it attempts to recapture that old Amblin magic, referencing 80's childhood favorites like "Gremlins" and "Ghostbusters." Sure, it's nowhere near as good as those films, but writer/director Joe Cornish gave it a thoughtful try.