Attack the Block / Red State
I just caught two movies very recently released on DVD/Blu-Ray that I wanted to see in theaters but never had the opportunity.
Attack the Block
Premise: Aliens attack a British apartment building. A gang of teenage hooligans fight them off with swords, baseball bats and fireworks. Do I need to say any more?
-A ton of colorful, entertaining characters throughout. Almost all of them very likeable.
-Fast paced. If you don’t include the credits it’s only around 83 minutes long. It gets right to it, and never wears out its welcome leading up to a satisfying ending.
-The design of the aliens is pretty simplistic, but totally works for the movie. They aren’t technology based aliens, so they provide a lot of fun action and mayhem fighting a group of teenagers.
-Moses is a total badass.
-Some of the dialogue is hard to understand because of the thick British accents and British slang. But not bad enough to where you can’t understand what’s going on.
-A little too much cheap, weed-related humor. It falls short of getting annoying with it though.
-I personally don't mind profanity and gory violence, but they are both definitely in this.
Final Thoughts: Man, what a fun movie. Just a really good action comedy. I wasn’t blown away like I was expecting to be, but Attack the Block is an undeniably fun movie. If being fun is all it has going for it, that’s not too shabby a thing to say. It features almost non-stop action in its short running time. It’s a good movie bruv, allow it.
8.5 out of 10
(I'd post the trailer here, but it's full of NSFW language. Look it up on YouTube if you're interested)
Premise: Kevin Smith directs the least Kevin Smith movie he’s ever done. A few teenagers end up prisoner at a religious cult’s heavily armed compound. Some federal agents show up and the movie then becomes a 45 minute shoot-out.
-The movie has a 45 minute shoot-out.
-Michael Park plays a good Fred Phelps-like role, where you can never really tell whether he’s selling snake oil or truly believes in the garbled nonsense he’s spitting out. Melissa Leo provides an adequate level of crazy. John Goodman is busy being awesome John Goodman.
-Wait, was that Kevin Pollak?
-Really short running time (under 90 minutes). If it were 5 minutes longer I’d say it went on too long.
-Pregnant woman firing machine gun… it happens in this.
-Instead of ending on the action, Kevin Smith tries to close the movie on an almost Coen Brothers level of philosophical dialogue.
-Ends on a pretty good laugh.
-I don’t feel like the point came across as strong as Smith would have liked it to. Either that or it came across too straight forward. It did nothing to enhance or change my views on religious cults. There’s nothing I didn’t already know or have feelings about.
-Now, I don’t mind a good helping of Hollywood violence, but the violence in this movie was used almost as needless filler. It ultimately didn’t aid the story or the theme of it all. It was entertaining, though, I suppose.
-Not a big fan of the first act.
Final Thoughts: Red State isn’t something I would call a success, but I don’t think it quite failed either. I think I maybe need a few days to let it sink in a little more. I actually liked it overall. It sufficiently held my attention for 88 minutes. Kind of a short blip of a movie. I probably liked it a little more than most other people will, so I’m not going to recommend it to anyone. If you’re fascinated by religious cults, violent movies, or seeing Kevin Smith go out of his comfort zone (and don’t want to suffer through Cop Out), then it might be worth checking out.
7 out of 10