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"Attack The Block" Gets Red Band Trailer (Now With Curse Words & Aliens)

by Tambay A. Obenson
June 16, 2011 1:07 AM
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As already reported, it'll be out in the USA on July 29th! I still haven't seen it yet, despite all the preview screenings that have taken place in the last few weeks. No time. But I hope to see it before July 29th, so I can share my own thoughts. Thus far, all my usual trusted sources who have seen the film praise it heavily! So, my expectations are high! Though, maybe I should lower them a bit.

A new red band trailer arrived yesterday, and in watching it, I realized that it never occurred to me that this could be an R-Rated film. Just about everything I'd read, watched and heard suggested something "cleaner." Not that I'm complaining at all. I'm not! If anything, it gets me even more excited to see it.

Anywho... watch the red bander below:

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  • Dankwa Brooks | June 17, 2011 10:12 AMReply

    My bad-You can read my enthusiastic review at

  • Dankwa Brooks | June 17, 2011 10:11 AMReply


    "My point is not that the fault is of Black filmmakers who don’t “step up their game”, but of the industry in the States that might not create space for films like this to get made/seen, or enable filmmakers to believe that it’s even possible to create something like this in this entertainment climate. I’m not saying that IS the way things are, I’m not an industry person, I’m a cultural analyst/scholar, this is just a theory. I’m simply speculating by observing patterns."

    As an independent filmmaker, I’m more of a “cultural analyst/scholar” at this moment too, but I did get my undergrad in film and have been studying film trends since then and your observation totally has merit. Getting a film made the Hollywood way is sometimes prohibitive to make and GAIN FUNDING for anything original. It seems like you have to “luck up” and get an Oscar for them to fund your next picture just like THAT. Starting as a screenwriter, my favorite categories are the screenwriting categories and every best screenplay winner seemed to get a picture deal or a television deal within months of winning. Case in point winner for Precious Geoffrey Fletcher got a deal to direct a picture Violet and Daisy.

    In the end “Luck is preparation meeting opportunity”-Oprah Winfrey and Mr. Fletcher as an adjunct film professor at Columbia University and New York University's Tisch School of the Arts he definitely was prepared.

    Back to THE BLOCK though, I saw this movie last month and I loved it. It reminded me so much of the horror films that I USED TO see. Not this new Saw bullsh*t (and I like the first Saw. when they got around Saw 15 I was like enough already.)

    You can read my enthusiastic review at

  • starfishncoffee | June 16, 2011 5:31 AMReply


    I know that Yelling To The Sky, which doesn't yet have a distributor has gotten a great deal of positive feedback and support on Shadow and Act. I saw it last week and loved it, and I know Tambay and others did too. I also know that Pariah has gotten a great deal of attention and support as well. Both of those films are helmed by Black WOMEN filmmakers too. I don't think that's fair.

    Attack The Block isn't so much "foreign" although it comes from the UK, because the urban youth experience is transferable and relatable to the US. And the movies that these producers make really don't fall into the same category as your typical "foreign" film. That's a bit misleading. I don't know, maybe I'm so used to watching stuff from the UK and being around people from the UK that it just isn't foreign to me anymore... *shrug*

    I think what's key here is that these are films that take chances, albeit in different ways, and aren't afraid to tell stories that wouldn't be told otherwise, or are being told in a different way than they usually are, or through a different lens. We are appreciating that. Although not written or directed by Black filmmakers, Attack The Block is important for it's representation of kids of color in sci fi and the main character as a multi-dimensional hero.

    My point is not that the fault is of Black filmmakers who don't "step up their game", but of the industry in the States that might not create space for films like this to get made/seen, or enable filmmakers to believe that it's even possible to create something like this in this entertainment climate. I'm not saying that IS the way things are, I'm not an industry person, I'm a cultural analyst/scholar, this is just a theory. I'm simply speculating by observing patterns.

  • Donnie Leapheart | June 16, 2011 5:16 AMReply

    While I hear the movie is pretty fun and entertaining, I gotta say that this foreign film gets a LOT of LOVE on this blog.....More than any other film I've seen on here in recent months, LOL. #JustAnObservation

    Maybe this is even more of a example on how us African American filmmakers need to step it up!

  • starfishncoffee | June 16, 2011 4:39 AMReply

    As I tweeted (a lot!) saw it last night at the screening and LOVED LOVED LOVED it!

    It's especially notable because of the young Black male hero. And kid characters that are relatable and real (the actors were recruited because they were from the area) and heartwarming. And it's hilarious. And has a great Basement Jaxx score. And is badass and fun.

    Yeah, it's not The Goonies. Lots of cursing and British slang. Don't let that scare you off though.

    By the end I realized that this movie probably could have never seen the light of day in the US. Not just based on the premise, but on the way that all of the characters, their interactions and especially Moses, the main character, was developed. It would be spoiling to say any more.

    I'm a big fan of Nick Frost, Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and the gang ( Shaun of The Dead, Hot Fuzz, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, Spaced) so I was already in the audience demo for this, but I definitely recommend it for anyone who has any interest at all.

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