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André Myette is a Canadian born and raised graphic designer, independent artist and writer. His first published work is 'Humbug!' a graphic novel about the further adventures of Ebeneezer Scrooge in a steam-punk inspired London it was followed by 'Horseshoes& Hand Grenades' a black and white series of self contained stories. André currently resides in Truro, Nova Scotia with his fianceé Jennifer, and three cats Presley, Klaatu and Lebowski.

Film Review: Attack the Block

Title: Attack the Block
Directed by: Joe Cornish
Starring: Jodie Whittaker, John Boyega, Alex Esmail, Leeon Jones, Nick Frost
Rating (Out of 5):★★★★

A little late in the game getting to this little gem of a film as it was released on DVD in October and being a British film it didn’t make the rounds for very long here in Eastern Canada which was unfortunate, I say unfortunate because it was an excellent film. For those of you who have enjoyed the English film and television work of Edgar Wright (Shaun of The Dead,  Hot Fuzz & Spaced ) I can assure you that you will love this picture. Set in an area of England’s lower income housing known as “The Block”it follows the adventures of 5 young ne’er do wells who begin the story by mugging a young nurse for her purse and personal belongings. During this violent-less assault they are interrupted by a meteor crashing through a nearby car. Escaping the young nurse leaves the boys to investigate and come face to face with a creature not of this world, and with that the adventure begins.

Many people are comparing this to Edgar Wrights work and well, I did the same only a paragraph ago and it’s a fair comparison, but this movie and it’s director Joe Cornish finds it’s own voice and creates a generally interesting film. Running through themes of people banding together in a crisis and the sense of community that can be achieved by those living in an area together. It sheds light on the plight of those in inner cities and the perceptions that are thrust upon them by others. It does all of this without being preachy and keeping you thoroughly entertained by the general insanity of this quiet alien invasion. Innovative things are done with the aliens design, they are basically ape like in movement and size but are totally devoid of color, creating an almost black-hole like effect in which they seem to absorb all light. The only color that is visibile are their teeth which are a neon-like blue, creating an extremely eerie effect as within their hulking black mass it’s the only thing you can see.

The cast is superb and all relatively unknown, John Boyega who portrays ‘Moses’ the films central protagonist does a stellar job of conveying a world weary 15 year old who leads this band of relatively harmless gang members and hides his own misfortune and fear behind a mask of strength and masculinity. His transformation through-out the film to becoming that which he pretends to be is quite rewarding for the viewer as the bodies and the aliens start piling up.

Rounding out the cast is Simon Pegg’s usual partner Nick Frost who plays a fairly low-key drug dealer and contributes very little to the plot save being a strong British actor adding some legitimacy to the film and someone to throw onto a poster to garner interest. His additions are small but quite humorous and I couldn’t help but laugh at his general malaise with the severity of the situation at hand.

At times I couldn’t help but be reminded of “The Goonies” with a group of young heroes fighting against a situation far larger than them, but this movie is far more entertaining and the stakes are far higher with several cast members falling victim to the glowing teeth of the alien invaders. This being Joe Cornish’s first film I can’t help but be excited for future films from this extremely promising director. All in all a fun, thrilling and suspenseful film that will leave you smiling at it’s conclusion. Please catch this little gem as soon as possible as I can assure you that you won’t be disappointed.

 

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