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Attack the Block Sequel Winners!

Dimples and Tia

A little delinquent on this, but here are the winners!

The winner of the DVD is Kim Akins, with a simple, but thought out outline for the logical progression of the film:

My suggestion for the sequel starts at the jail. Moses is being booked and housed with other young men who have been arrested for being the wrong race and class at the wrong time. The Attack continues with the constables believing that shooting will solve the problem. Moses and his crew successfully lead other prisoners out of the jail with some cops in tow. They end up in London central where they have to teach upper class Londoners,that along with an ability to fight, that they can strategize and utilize the environment to defeat an enemy.

And the winner of the poster is Keisha, with a similar idea, but a bit more detailed, with a fun twist:

So maybe the sequel can have one of the aliens not really dead from the first movie and go to exact revenge on Moses and his crew for killing most of the aliens. Since we never really see them dead, one could be alive to get even. He can call more reinforcements from outer space to make way for a second alien attack.

Initially, the cops won’t believe Moses or his crew about the aliens and they’ll arrest and charge Moses with all that has happened in the first movie. Obviously he’ll be given a major sentence for all the crimes that were committed (deaths of several persons, car theft, and armed robbery). But when the rest of the aliens land the cops will have no choice but to rely on Moses. This is because he is the only one who successfully killed the aliens and lived to tell about it. They will have to grant him a full pardon on the condition that he helps get rid of the aliens. And although they will still have their qualms about Moses, his crew and inner city youth altogether, they will be forced to view Moses on a higher echelon because he has done what no other person has done: kill an alien. They need him. He’ll be like Spider-Man or Batman; hated and loved at the same time.

Also, I want to see a bigger role for the girls as well. They massacred one of the aliens in the first movie and they will become a huge asset to Moses’ crew. Let them become part of the alien fighting crew since Moses lost two of his friends. Oh and the gangsta little kids too. Obviously they can hold their own.

While everyone didn’t win a prize, there were other good suggestions. Gregory suggests putting the sequel in Detroit; SA suggests having Moses explore the culture shock of university; Momsomniac says no Dakota Fanning; and Ashley pointed at the Riots as a possible backdrop for the next film, with more kids and shopkeepers (I’d love to see that one as the 3rd film).

Thanks to everyone!

Winners, please email team@racialicious.com with your email and street addresses.

Attack the Block Proves You Don’t Have to be Epic to Be a Hero

Movie theaters used to hold a special kind of magic.

Lined up with my friends, clutching the occasional purchase of popcorn and a soft drink, or sneaking smuggled in snacks, we would watch in awe and horror as teenagers paraded around on screen, seemingly oblivious to the threat of violence lurking around the corner. When I was about thirteen years old, I sat through the original Scream. The rules of horror movies, as articulated by the character Randy, were clear and concise:

Randy: There are certain RULES that one must abide by in order to successfully survive a horror movie. For instance, number one: you can never have sex.
[crowd boos]
Randy: BIG NO NO! BIG NO NO! Sex equals death, okay? Number two: you can never drink or do drugs.
[crowd cheers and raises their bottles]
Randy: The sin factor! It’s a sin. It’s an extension of number one. And number three: never, ever, ever under any circumstances say, “I’ll be right back.” Because you won’t be back.

But there were some rules that we knew that never were articulated.

    1. The black character always dies, normally first. This is normally related to not being lead characters, but easily dispensable side characters. Sure, we had Tales from the Hood, but we knew the score. I think that’s why all of us at the local participatory theater screamed the whole way through I Still Know What You Did Last Summer. “Run, Brandy, Run! You gotta make it because they already killed Mekhi!”

    2. Upper middle class white kids are the stars of these things. In general, no matter how big and bad the villain is, they are still hanging out in pastoral campgrounds or tony neighborhoods, waiting for their victims to sun themselves on their cabanas. The only exception I can think of was Candyman who was black and haunted the Cabrini-Green housing projects. And later, came a few other things we need not name. But in general, horror film villains and heroes alike were in the providence of “not us.”

So when Moses and his crew took to the screen, defending their tower block from alien invasion, my inner fourteen year old wanted to jump up and start yelling.

Unfortunately, my 28 year old self knows we don’t do those things at the Museum of Modern Art, even if we really, really, want to.

[Some light spoilers ahead.]
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All In The Same Gang: Examining Attack The Block’s Approach To Race

By Guest Contributor Kartina Richardson, cross-posted from MirrorFilm

On Saturday nights in 1993, the TNT television channel played science fiction movies back to back beginning at midnight. They called this the TNT “Monster Movie Marathon.” As my parents had recently divorced, my sister and I now spent weekends at my father’s house and the Saturday night Monster Movie Marathon quickly became our tradition. We made our bed on the living room floor and taped each movie on the VCR. Them! was a favorite, as was The Day the Earth Stood Still. The Thing, both the 1951 version and John Carpenter’s became beloved, as did The Day of the Triffids and Cronenberg’s The Fly. When I think of great science fiction now, these are a few of the films that come immediately to mind. When my five future children watch sci-fi movies I wonder if my list of favorites will be on their’s. Maybe it will, maybe it won’t but one thing I know is this: they will love Attack the Block with the fervor of their dear mama.

In Joe Cornish’s directorial debut, ruffian teens from a South London council estate (the projects), find their Bonfire Night thievery interrupted by an alien invasion. Lead by boss boy Moses (John Boyega), the boys: Jerome, Pest, Dennis, and Biggz, use their wily and hilarious teenage ways to escape the bad guys (aliens, police, a murderous rapping drug dealer) and defend their home.

Block is a tight, fast, movie, whose pieces (sound, photography, acting, editing, production design, dialogue) fit together in perfect harmony. Energy is palpable in all aspects of production.

Passion is infectious, and after seeing Block, so great was my enthusiasm, that my body, confused by this unusual excitement, grew alarmed and immediately flushed water out my armpits in great rivers.

“Is it hot in here bruv?” I said to the friend beside me.

“Nah blood, it ain’t,” he said. And at that moment I knew. I knew that any movie able to stimulate my glands to such a degree was a fine film indeed.

I luff Attack the Block bruv. Trust.

SPOILERS AHEAD
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Streets Afire: The Racialicious Review of Attack The Block

By Guest Contributor Emma Felber

Telling the story of the night aliens came to the hood, Attack the Block juxtaposes homicidal extraterrestrials with gangs of disaffected black and mixed-race teenagers in housing estates in the same way its’ sibling-in-production Shaun of the Dead, pitted zombies against twentysomething white everydudes.

Like Simon Pegg’s Shaun, who seemed to be sleepwalking through life until waking up to find everyone trying to eat his brain, these kids from the block are living a story of alienation and violence when they’re plunged head first into serious bloodshed – with serious aliens. But when it becomes clear there’s a battle to be fought, they’re first out to defend their homes. After all, with fireworks, samurai swords, machetes, baseball bats and daring on hand, they’re equipped for it – and practised. “Walking around expecting to get jumped at any moment?” one quips. “Feels like a normal day in the endz to me, blud.”

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