LSJTD: Attack The Block (2011)
Updated: Dec 21, 2022
Once a month, Kelly dares Jessica to watch a film surrounding the monthly theme. These challenges are meant to scare, or unsettle, Jessica, and broaden her horror horizons.
Early in the pandemic I had recommended a handful of scary as hell alien abduction films for Jessica to watch, with two of them being the ones we are discussing on the podcast - Dark Skies and Fire in the Sky. I had also recommended the film that is my monthly pick - The Fourth Kind. So, what was left?! Instead, I ended up having fun with this challenge (it's also been an intense year of movies for Jess!) and recommended an alien film I love and adore, Attack the Block. Not only is it funny with a brilliant creature design, it's smartly done with some stark social commentary so I knew she would enjoy it. It won't scare Jess, or unsettle her, but will absolutely entertain her!
WATCH THE SKIES! *enter The X-Files theme*
Attack the Block was definitely a nice change in pace and a great way to end LSJTD for 2020 -- unless there is an alien invasion coming to close out this wild ride of a year! But regardless, I really enjoyed this film for it's comradery among the "block" children and how they care and look out for one another. I am always amazed by films that show children/teenagers up against "evil" or the bad guys; they are quick to believe and support each other, have the courage to figure out ways to fight back without hesitation, and become heroes of their neighbourhoods. The creature design was incredible in both a sci-fi and demonic way (are demons really aliens???). As well, Attack the Block wasn't just about pure entertainment but a subtle social commentary on how race and the lower classes of London (or any city) are treated by law enforcement. Moses (John Boyega) is a complex character who holds himself accountable for his actions but becomes a hero that has also faced discrimination from his own species. But, this doesn't hold him back from standing up for what's right and sacred on this planet.