Joe Cornish On Any Possible Attack The Block Sequels Bleeding Cool Comic Book, Movies and TV News and Rumors
Back then, he said that Wright had given him an idea for an Attack the Block sequel. I asked what this would be, and what it’s like getting told what your film’s could be by someone like Wright.
Cornish finds it an honour that Edgar will share good ideas with him, he said. As for this sequel? Nothing Wright suggested was revealed, though Cornish said any sequel would start at the exact moment the first film finishes. This means “they’d have to start filming three weeks ago” or “wait until Benjamin Button technology is cheap enough that we could do it eleven times”, for each of the young cast members.
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The point is that Attack The Block is a smarter, more character-flavored, more tightly constructed entertainment than Cowboys, and I don't mean solely in terms of tension and thrills. Block is also about something -- i.e., community values and urban-jungle teens learning to take responsibility and fly straight and become men -- while Cowboys is...what? About kissing the behinds of ComicCon fanboys and their low, sloppy taste in comic-book movies? About wanting to make money?
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ATTACK THE BLOCK
I'm not sure there's much I can add to the discussion concerning this impressive debut from writer-director Joe Cornish about a group of British inner-city kids defending themselves and their housing project from invading alien monsters with lots of teeth the like to bite people. Like all great science-fiction, ATTACK THE BLOCK isn't just about aliens; its has a very blatant narrative thread about how these kinds of kids are portrayed in the British press, and how they are a product of broken homes and a lot of time on their hands. But Cornish doesn't glorify these kids; he portrays them as thugs. The film opens with them mugging a woman at knifepoint while wearing masks. Later in the film, when they stumble upon this same woman, it is they who need help, and they must come to grips with what they've done and struggle to make amends. When the kids find out she lives on the block, they say they would never have robbed her if they'd known, a statement that is cold comfort for their victim.
But much like this week's other release COWBOYS & ALIENS, ATTACK THE BLOCK is also a kick-ass monster movie that succeeds in scaring the hell out of you, while you consider the bigger sociological picture. And the aliens in this thing are ****ing scary, kind of like huge black dogs crossed with gorillas, almost featureless other than their multiple rows of glowing teeth. And they are relentless in their pursuit as they seem to target these kids for reasons we're not quite sure of for much of the film.
Stand-out performances come from the mugging victim/nurse Jodie Whittaker, who is allowed that rare opportunity to unleash her anger at her attackers; John Boyega as Moses, the leader of the kids and a strong, silent type who is both wise beyond his years and still very much a child; and, of course, Nick Frost as Ron, the building's pot grower and resident voice of reason. One of my favorite elements of ATTACK THE BLOCK is the portrayal of the kids in two distinct lights: one as tough-talking street punks and the other as youngsters who still answer to their parents and grandparents, and still play with toys and sleep in Spider-Man sheets. It adds an air of sadness to their lives to think that these kids don't often get to be kids, but that also gives the film strength and perspective.
ATTACK THE BLOCK succeeds on every level, as comedy, tragedy, and horror story. And I firmly believe that if you don't go and see this film in a theater with crowd full of like-minded sci-fi/horror fans, then you aren't really seeing it at all. No other film that has come out this year has as much unstoppable energy (seriously, the monsters never stop charging forward) or plain, old-fashioned guts as this one. Don't be afraid of the accents; save your fear for the aliens. ATTACK THE BLOCK opens in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle, Austin, and Toronto this weekend, and hopefully will expand exponentially soon thereafter. Get to it. Trust!
Attack the Block’s Expansion Run is Up for Vote
Joe Cornish‘s Attack the Block opened July 29 in limited markets, so those who’ve been hearing about the film, but don’t live in the major metro areas have been out of luck. But on August 19, the film is expanding to Boston, Orlando, Atlanta, Dallas, and Washington, D.C. But Screen Gems also wants to add a sixth location. The catch is that you have to vote it into Philadelphia, Detroit, Miami, Houston, Phoenix, San Diego, Denver, Portland, Cleveland, or Minneapolis. Check out the details…
All you have to do is go to Facebook, and like Attack the Block. There you can vote on the sixth city.Though some have complained the film previewed too much, Block is a film that needs the love that comes from word of mouth – there’s been no television advertisements yet. It’s a great little picture to boot.
Attack the Block: Movie Review
With genre efforts going mainstream and dullish (see this week’s Cowboys And Aliens), it’s good to see someone who understands why the Amblin films resonated in the 1980′s, and it’s also great to see an artist like Joe Cornish take his influences, and turn them into something that feels familiar but never a clone of the things he loved. That’s what Spielberg and company did back in the day, and that’s what Joe Cornish has done.
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Cornish has done a thing I thought unthinkable in today’s landscape and that’s make a film instantly quotable with characters you truly care about, even when starting the film off with a scene that paints them as the bad guys. It’s an uphill battle now to redeem these kids and that’s risky film making and most directors would have a problem with that, especially first time feature film directors. Cornish does it with an able eye, giving us this world of South London with its interesting cast of characters, all at night, with a great supporting team behind him. Everyone from Terry Notary (who is the man in suit creature we see throughout and he will frighten you with the way he can run on all fours) to Steven Price and Basement Jaxx for supplying the amazing soundtrack. It’s just another example how all the pieces to the puzzle fit perfectly together to make a finished film that already feels timeless. Hopefully the praise will continue when it comes out Friday, July 29th and beyond that. One hopes it does well so we can see this cast of characters again, fighting something else in the block. Believe, bruv, believe.
10/10, the highest mark I can give.