Attack the Block [2011]

Attack the Block is electric, youthful and brimming with energy. The alien design is a particular triumph. Sadly, its teen protagonists are obnoxious, dimwitted thugs, an unshakable fact that makes it hard to root for these kids and even harder to like this modern British offering. Jodie Whitaker plays Sam, the sole sympathetic character in the film. Continuing the 2010-2011 trend of predominantly electronic scores (The Social Network, Hanna, Drive, Contagion, among others), duo Basement Jaxx supplies the music for this action comedy. This, along with the quick pace and swift camerawork, makes Attack the Block sufficiently fun, but it would’ve been much more engrossing if we actually cared whether these idiots die or not.