Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
The Stars: John Boyega, Jodie Whittaker, Nick Frost
The Buzz: Joe Cornish, frequent partner in crime of Edgar Wright (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Hot Fuzz), makes his directorial debut with Wright producing. The film garnered major buzz at this year's film festivals, winning the "Midnight Feature" award at SXSW and the audience award for "Best Narrative" at the Los Angeles Film Festival. The world premiere at SXSW generated enough buzz that led to the film being picked up for a limited release in the US.
The Story: On what seems to be just another ordinary night in a council estate in the South London district, Sam (Jodie Whittaker), a nurse gets mugged by five teenage gangbangers on the way home. The attack is halted when an object from the sky crashes into a car, allowing Sam to escape. The object turns out to be an alien, which is slayed by the leader Moses (John Boyega) and his gang. Little would they know what that action would result in...
inSing.com thinks: Forget all that you know about alien invasion films. There are no giant UFOs in this one. Neither is the entire city or the entire world at stake in this one. Only one block, like the HDB block you probably live in, is affected. And the result is pretty glorious.
In his directorial debut, Cornish does a bang up job directing performances from a very diverse cast. We start with what is possibly the most unlikely cast in an alien invasion film ever, featuring: 5 teenage gangsters, a nurse, a drug dealer, a gang leader, a stoner animal science enthusiast and two child gangster wannabes are just some of the many colourful characters you'll see here.
Add scares, clever storytelling and lots of wry British humour to the mix and we have a film that just flat out entertains throughout in so many ways. At times, it's a stoner flick and sometimes it resembles a gang war. The film transcends genres in a good way and something about this movie just plain works.
It's not just entertainment too as Moses goes from an unlovable character to one who redeems himself and gives the audience a big emotional pay off and a satisfying ending in the end. Smart, funny, ambitious and most importantly, not pointless.
This movie has everything. And quite unfortunately for Hollywood, even with Super 8and Cowboys and Aliensthis summer, the best alien movie this year is the rule eschewing humble British indie, Attack The Block. Don't miss it.