Attack the Block (Blu-ray)

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Joe Cornish writes and directs this British sci-fi comedy action adventure starring Jodie Whittaker, Luke Treadaway and Nick Frost. While being robbed by a gang of thugs outside the South London tower block where she lives, trainee nurse Sam (Whittaker)'s hooded attackers suddenly break off their assault when a meteorite hits a nearby carpark. As Sam flees the scene, the gang members fend off an attack from a small alien being that has emerged from the crash-site, killing it in the process, and carrying off their prize to their rooftop lair. But now, as Sam and the police search for the gang, a new wave of meteorites fall. With the gang emboldened by their latest victory, they prepare to face their new-found enemy, only to be confronted with an army of much larger, savagely vicious alien monsters, hellbent on finding their comrade.

Product Details

Movies & TV
7 Nov 2011
Region B
  • Interactive Menus
88 min
Age Restriction
Supply Source


Attack the Block
Release Year
Running Time
87 min
Action/Adventure / Action / Alien Invasions / Alien Life Forms / Aliens / Extraterrestrials / Science-Fiction / Teenage / Teenagers
US Box Office
$1.0 million
Official Website
Rotten Tomatoes®
90% 74%
A group of London teens find themselves in the middle of an alien invasion and fight to defend their tower block from some evil extraterrestrials in this stylish sci-fi romp from the producers of SHAUN OF THE DEAD and SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD. Beset by a gang of young thugs as she passes through a South London housing estate, Sam (Jodie Whittaker) is in the midst of being robbed when a ball of light falls out of the sky, and destroys a nearby car. Frightened, she flees from the scene just before an unearthly beast emerges from the wreckage and attacks Moses (John Boyega), the leader of the youthful gang. In retaliation, Moses and his crew slay the creature, and take it to a local drug den owned by ruthless gangster Hi-Hatz (Jumayn Hunter) for safe keeping. Later, as the police assist Sam in pursuing her assailants, strange lights start to rain down on the streets, heralding the arrival of a second, more ferocious, wave of creatures. With the city under siege, there's no place left to run. Quickly realizing she's going to have to fight if she wants to survive, Sam once again crosses paths with the street-tough teens, but instead of running away vows to battle alongside them to the bitter end. Meanwhile, Moses becomes the primary target of the aliens, and the group arms themselves with everything from baseball bats to high-powered fireworks in the fight to save the human race.
Poster for Attack the Block
Cast & Crew
Joe Cornish
John Boyega / Franz Drameh / Alex Esmail / Leeon Jones / Jodie Whittaker
Nick Frost / Simon Howard / Jumayn Hunter / Luke Treadaway
Joe Cornish
Steve F. Price
Director of Photography
Thomas Townend
Jane Walker
Stunt Coordinator
Paul Herbert
Jane Walker
Post-Production Supervisor
Michael Solinger
Music Director
Nick Angel
Visual Effects Designer
Double Negative Limited
Additional Music/Songs
Felix Buxton
Movie Critics
A.V. Club
"ATTACK THE BLOCK has a clever script and winning underdog spirit..."
Nathan Rabin (28 Jul 2011, )
Box Office
4.5 stars out of 5 -- "Cornish's idiomatic dialogue is hilarious and the longtime comic's sense of timing is perfect....This small movie is hugely entertaining..."
Pam Grady (17 Jun 2011, )
Chicago Sun-Times
3 stars out of 4 -- "[A]n entertaining thriller in the tradition of 1970s B-action films, with an unknown cast, energetic special effect and great energy."
Roger Ebert (27 Jul 2011, )
Entertainment Weekly
"[I]t's a blast to be drawn into this urban ecosystem that is, to us Yanks, itself a bit alien." -- Grade: B+
Entertainment Weekly Staff (5 Aug 2011, )
Los Angeles Times
"Pulsing with a rowdy energy, the film works as both a sci-fi horror flick and a teen adventure film..."
Mark Olsen (29 Jul 2011, )
"The special effects are restrained and fairly effective; Cornish, to his credit, has done a lot with a little."
Stephanie Zacharek (28 Jul 2011, )
New York Times
"[T]his fabulously inventive debut feature, written and directed by the British comedian Joe Cornish, never flags."
Jeannette Catsoulis (29 Jul 2011, )
Rolling Stone
3.5 stars out of 4 -- "It's hot, fierce, funny, vicious and ready to bite, baby. ATTACK gets its teeth from writer-director Joe Cornish, in a smashing debut."
Peter Travers (18 Aug 2011, )
Sight and Sound
"Cornish draws superb performances out of his inexperienced central quintet, especially John Boyega and Alex Esmail....Films this cine-literate are rarely this unpretentiously enjoyable..."
Michael Brooke (1 Jun 2011, )
Total Film
3 stars out of 5 -- "[The film] offers a deliciously simple premise and sticks to it like glue, as hoodies become heroes in the midst of one almighty alien invasion."
James Mottram (1 Jun 2011, )
USA Today
"[A] clever blend of sc-fi and comedy, which its toothy furball space invaders against young South London thugs."
Claudia Puig (29 Jul 2011, )
Washington Post
3.5 stars out of 4 -- "ATTACK THE BLOCK demands to be seen simply because it is a thrill -- a pulse-raiser whose perfect construction and pointed wit make it one of the year's most exciting films."
John DeFore (19 Aug 2011, )