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Attack the Block!

Thanks to the magic of pay-per-view, I recently watched the science fiction movie Attack the Block. It came out in 2011, but didn't hang around the movie-plexes for very long. I watched it and found it very enjoyable, but I think I understand why it wasn't as big of a hit as it could have been.

I'll address the popularity aspect of it first. The movie is very British. The lead characters are almost entirely London teens or 20-somethings, and they all speak in heavy accents with London slang. Understanding what they say was a challenge. Also, the block in question is what in America we call public housing and so it's a bit urban for some viewers.

Having said that, it's a really good movie. I found all the characters interesting and well-played. The plot was (for an alien invasion movie) believable and gripping. It really was well worth watching.

Seeing it now in 2018, seven years after it came out and eight years after it was made was also fun. It was the debut of John Boyega, now of Star Wars fame and an early role for the 13th Doctor Who, Jodie Whittaker. I recommend checking it out if you haven't.

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