South London Gang vs. Giant Alien Gorillas.Attack The Block is a 2011 British comedy-horror film directed and written by Joe Cornish and produced by Edgar Wright. In South London, a teenage street gang — Moses, Pest, Dennis, Jerome, and Biggz — are mugging a female nurse (Sam) when a meteor comes crashing down into a nearby car. It's no meteor, though — it's an alien. A hostile, violent alien. With big scary teeth. After attacking Moses, the alien is killed by the gang — but more come crashing down, and it’s up to these kids to take them down and save their block.Check out the trailer here.
Attack the Block features examples of:
Action Girl: Tia and Dimples, most definitely. Sam may count, though seeing as she snuck up the one alien she killed, whereas Tia and Dimples faced the one alien they killed head-on, Tia and Dimples may count as a better example. Lampshaded earlier by Moses.
Sam: "Where is he taking us?"
Jerome: "Tia's flat."
Sam: "What makes you think we'll be safer in her place than we were in mine?"
Jerome: "Security gate."
Moses: "She wouldn't be asking that question if she'd seen them girls fight."
Dimples: "What kind of alien, out of all the places in the whole wide world, would invade some shitty council estate in south London?"
Dennis: "One that's lookin' for a fight!"
All Girls Want Bad Boys: Played with. It's hinted that Tia's got a crush on Moses, and she and her friends get along with Moses and the other guys. On the other hand, Tia makes it clear she dislikes their gang activities when she chews Moses out upon learning they mugged Sam at knifepoint.
All There in the Manual: Several characters go unnamed in the movie. Tia and Dimples' other two friends (Dionne and Gloria), the older woman who comforts Sam after the mugging (Margaret), Jerome's older sister and her visiting friend (Roxanne and Bubbles) and Hi-Hatz's other two henchmen (Patrick and Beats).
Anyone Can Die: Two of the main five teens are killed, as well as their dog.
Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: When the gang sees some kids playing with guns, they confiscate them and Moses orders them to, "Go home! Lock your doors! Do your homework! Watch Naruto!"
Asshole Victim: Hi-Hatz. You will not feel sorry for him. At all. Hell, you might even cheer. When Moses expresses guilt over the people killed by the aliens, Hi-Hatz is the only person he doesn't mention, with good reason.
Author Avatar: Joe Cornish based the character of Brewis off himself when he was younger.
Beleaguered Assistant: Played with, as when compared to Hi-Hatz's overly confident, arrogant, impulsive and hot-headed nature, Tonks is quite calm and level-headed, at least for what little we see of him, as Hi-Hatz threatening him to check what was behind the car gets Tonks killed.
Bittersweet Ending: Moses saves the block, while he and Sam come to terms, although it looks like he and Pest (not to mention Brewis and Ron) are gonna serve time in prison. However, Sam's testimony should keep them from doing any hard time and the fact that there are still several alien bodies around it should help corroborate that Moses and Pest did not kill anyone. Unfortunately, however, Dennis and Jerome don't make it through the night.
Bizarre Alien Biology: A "queen" arrives via crash landing and spread pheromones. Then males also crash land and get to breeding with her. The males have perfectly black fur (no shine at all) and have nothing to their faces but a mouth full of four-plus rows of glowing blue teeth.
Black Blood: The gorillas have "the blackest blood ever."
Blue and Orange Morality: How the teens' code of honor appears to Sam. They don't seem to think that getting mugged is that big of a deal and only regret that they mugged her after learning that she lives in the same block.
Eagleland Osmosis: Averted when one of the characters mentions the FBI will arrive, only to be told that "that's America".
Played straight when they repeatedly call the police "Feds", not realising that England doesn't have a Federal Government (besides the fact that their crimes wouldn't be Federal crimes even if it did).
That's actually become a commonly-used term in British teen-speak over the last couple of years. Too much watching The Wire?
Establishing Character Moment: Played with. The boys are introduced in an unsympathetic light, mugging a defenseless woman. Part of the point of this movie was to show that this event actually doesn't show their full character.
After the aliens attack the group in Tia's apartment, Tia and her three friends immediately realize that the aliens are going only after Moses and his friends, and decide to stay away from the boys by running out of the building. All four of them survive.
Tonks, upon noticing that Pest is telling the truth about there being something nearby, refuses to go check on it when Hi-Hatz asks him to. Unfortunately for him, Hi-Hatz threatens to shoot him if he doesn't go check, which ends up with the nearby alien killing Tonks.
Gorn: Usually keeps from being extreme about its gore, but it does have its moments- especially Hi-Hatz' death.
Held Gaze: A recurring motif between Sam and Moses. They stare into each other's eyes about five times over the course of the film, going from fear and hostility to trust and gratitude as the night goes on.
Moses: I think I think the government sent them things to kill black boys. First they sent drugs. Then they sent guns. Then these monsters. Black boys aren't killing each other fast enough so they thought they’d speed up the process. Pest: Believe.
The Not-Love Interest: The central relationship of the film is the one that exists between Sam and Moses. It doesn't begin well (he mugs her and scares her half to death) but the progress of their growing respect and trust in one another is marked by their Held Gazes until the point when Moses returns the ring that he stole and Sam defends him to the police officers.
Oh Crap: Moses' reaction when his sword gets stuck in the wall after he raises it to attack an alien. Dennis' reaction after realizing the gun he stole from a /kid/ is a toy, right before it's too late.
Scary Black Man: Subverted by Moses. Played straight with Hi-Hatz, who even frightens his own men. Not because of being imposing, seeing as he's rather short and skinny, but because he's so impulsive and trigger-happy, completely unable to cool down once he gets riled up.
Screwed by the Network: The American release by Screen Gems. After a successful test screening in 25 markets (22 markets had an excellent rating, the other three had a very good rating), they have proceeded to dump the film into just 11 markets with no advertising, no website and a trailer released just a week before opening. Even when the film added theaters, it was mostly in markets already playing the film. Also, reports on new markets aren't even known (this is usually reported weeks in advance).
The Stoner: Most of the boys smoke but Brewis and Ron in particular.
Team Pet: Subverted in that Dennis' dog is killed almost immediately by an alien.
Teens Are Monsters: Subverted. The main characters are young hoodlums, one on his way to becoming a street pusher, but over the course of the film they come across more sympathetically and show their inner humanity.
Token Good Teammate: Jerome is this to the gang, being easily the nicest guy of the bunch. Unlike his friends, he doesn't act in a hostile way towards Brewis when they meet him in Ron's flat, and he's the first one to show politeness towards Sam.
Too Dumb to Live: Dennis is killed for expecting a firearm he took from Probs and Mayhem to be real and not a toy capgun.
Hi-Hatz counts too. There are aliens in the neighborhood, perfectly capable of killing people, but rather than focus on getting rid of them, he only focuses on wanting to kill Moses and the other boys, just because he feels they disrespected him. This comes back to bite him in the ass later.
What the Hell, Hero?: Sam delivers this to the boys after one says that they wouldn't have mugged her if they knew she was also from the Block - she sarcastically asks if that means it's acceptable to mug people so long as they don't live in the same complex.