Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Attack the Block

And there be spoilers here. Although really if you're reading this blog and haven't already seen any movie I talk about then you're only here for the pictures of naked people and cats.
You're welcome.
I thought Attack the Block was almost really good. There were a number of very nice and awesome things about it, but I felt let down by the characters. Of course, the fact that they spoke with such heavy working - class London accents made it so I couldn't understand most of what they said, so that might have a bunch to do with it.
But after the first 30 seconds I had a list of who was going to die because, lets face it, they should die. And they didn't die.
That's the sort of thing which would drive my sister nuts.
Indeed the head - count for it being a horror movie was pretty darn low.

The creatures were spectacular in a low-budget way. First of all, they (mostly) weren't CG. They're guy-in-a-suit with hand extensions. And the idea of making them blind but with glow-in-the-dark teeth is quite awesome.
If I were to re-make it it'd either have to be about a drug dealer who refuses to mug some girl, or it would be about a drug dealer who's in trouble with another drug dealer from the very beginning (when there's a shoot-out natch.)


Kangas said...

Thank Christ I'm not the only one who isn't head-over-heels for that flick. It's a pretty mediocre storyline with pretty cookie-cutter characters that has some cool monsters for not-a-lot-of-money... but they weren't mostly CGI? I just thought it was really good CGI...

But yeah, understanding the kids was quite a battle...

Andrew Bellware said...

I scanned through some of the DVD extras and they clearly had a guy in a suit. It looks like they (smartly) added CG to an already loping and nicely moving guy in a fuzzy suit. Plus they cut around the female suit which looked not-so-good.
I wonder if the head count was so low because the Film Board that funded it would have had conniptions about them killing off so many teenagers? Which, of course, makes me ask "Did you guys realize you were funding a horror picture?"