_ Attack the Block was not what I expected at all.  The movie starts out with a mugging.  The characters that the previews led you to believe to be the movie's heroes are actually a bunch of punks in a gang.  Watching the first half of the movie, the primary thought going through my head was "How are you portraying these thugs as heroes?"  In the end, this movie - like all well-told stories - does exactly that.
_Sure, the movie is an exciting alien invasion thriller with all of the special effects and violence you might expect, but at its core, this is a movie about the hood.  The story delves into the motivations and attitudes of young people who grow up feeling disenfranchised by the country, by their city, even by their own families.  Because of the way that part of the story is told, it is one of the better movies I've seen this year and I highly recommend it.
_Attack the Block is rated R for pervasive language and several very gory scenes.

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