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No ATTACK THE BLOCK In Your City? Vote To Bring The Block Home!

Nordling here.

Although ATTACK THE BLOCK only played on 8 screens nationwide, it did phenomenal business on those 8 screens, and people who saw it came out raving.  There's been a lot of gripes about how the film didn't open near them, but you can remedy that!  You can vote to see if ATTACK THE BLOCK can come to your area - that is, if your area includes Philadelphia, Detroit, Miami, Houston, Phoenix, San Diego, Denver, Portland, Cleveland, or Minneapolis.  Here's the press release:

CULVER CITY, Calif., August 1, 2011 - From the producers of Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, ATTACK THE BLOCK follows a gang of tough inner-city kids who try to defend their turf against an invasion of savage alien creatures, turning a South London apartment complex into an extraterrestrial war zone.

ATTACK THE BLOCK opened in theaters on Friday, July 29th in the following 7 markets: Los Angeles, New York, Seattle, Chicago, Austin, San Francisco, and Toronto. On Friday, August 19th it will expand to 6 additional markets - Boston, Orlando, Atlanta, Dallas, Washington, D.C., and a sixth market that will be chosen by the fans!  Starting today, fans can vote on Attack the Block's official Facebook page ( for their city to be the chosen 15th market in which the film will open in on August 19th.  The cities up for consideration are: Philadelphia, Detroit, Miami, Houston, Phoenix, San Diego, Denver, Portland, Cleveland, and Minneapolis. Results will be posted on the movie's Facebook page after voting has closed on Friday, August 5th at 12 pm PST.

Vote now to get the film Rolling Stone calls "Hot, fierce, funny, vicious and ready to bite!" to come to your city!

ATTACK THE BLOCK stars Jodie Whittaker, John Boyega, Alex Esmail, Franz Drameh, Leeon Jones, Simon Howard, Luke Treadaway, Jumayn Hunter, and Nick Frost.  It was written and directed by Joe Cornish, and produced by Nira Park and James Wilson. Executive producers were Matthew Justice, Tessa Ross, Jenny Borgars, Will Clarke, Olivier Courson and Edgar Wright. This film has been rated R by the MPAA for the following reasons: creature violence, drug content and pervasive language.

Obviously I'm voting for Houston, but you can go in there and try to bring this wonderful film closer to you.  It's worth the road trip, trust me.  Or, should I say, believe.

Nordling, out.


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  • Aug. 1, 2011, 7:07 p.m. CST

    sheeeesus christ... are we going to keep hearing about this


    weeks...months...years from now?

  • Aug. 1, 2011, 7:16 p.m. CST

    Can I vote 'no'?


  • Aug. 1, 2011, 7:18 p.m. CST

    Follows a gang of tough inner-city kids

    by Lucky13

    Yeah, soooo excited to see that.


  • Aug. 1, 2011, 7:25 p.m. CST

    wow you guys really love this movie......

    by D o o d

    it's getting such a push! I haven't seen it yet, but will see it soon! One other thing I will say, if it really is that good then it'll make a ton of money on blu-ray and on demand!

  • They all praise it to no end and then later they'll say it's critically acclaimed. It's science, baby.

  • Aug. 1, 2011, 7:36 p.m. CST

    In other news, I just found the "Movin Like Berney" video on YouTube...

    by DickBallsworth

    ...and I'm guessing it's about 1000 times more entertaining than this bullshit.

  • Aug. 1, 2011, 7:37 p.m. CST

    Fuck me ... This is getting pathetic now ...


    I've seen it ... Its ok. Nothing Earth shattering, nothing that will go down in movie history, just a good solid entertaining movie. The utter OVER hype this site is shoving down our throats is actually doing the movie a disservice ... If I were Cornish I would be telling you guys 'thanks' ... but give it a fucking rest.

  • Aug. 1, 2011, 7:41 p.m. CST

    Attack the Cock

    by Fat and Curious

    Hope this movie blows up just for the porn potential. Ethnically diverse street ruffians getting gang banged by glow in the dark aliens? No one will ever roleplay that one with me.

  • Aug. 1, 2011, 7:41 p.m. CST

    Since it's slated for Home Video release in September??

    by SouthSide_2010

    What's the fuckin' point? It's obvious the studios didn't have enough faith in this movie to warrant a bigger distribution set-up. So really...what's the fuckin' point?

  • Aug. 1, 2011, 7:44 p.m. CST

    Little White Chicks and

    by Geektard_Smasher

    Big Black Monster Dicks. Just sayin'

  • Aug. 1, 2011, 7:48 p.m. CST


    by Kammich

    Really wanna see this, but I'm not moving to Philly for like another 5 weeks. I'm assuming it will have come and gone again, if the reports of a September DVD release are true. sa da tay.

  • Aug. 1, 2011, 7:49 p.m. CST


    by RowKseat25

    Movie has been and gone in England... underwhelming forgetable shit innit... so don't waste your time statesiders... if you dig cheapo alien effects and low-life muggers who stay as unsympathetic low-life muggers then you prob have the limited brain to enjoy... nooo it's not the next Shaun Of The Dead... it ain't even the next Paul... it's got Nick Frost in ooooooo... who delivers a few lines of dire-logue for his buddy Joe... so y'all stop sucking Cornish cocks for crying out loud... this is all shameful hype bullshit being dumped by AIC!

  • Aug. 1, 2011, 8:01 p.m. CST


    by RowKseat25

    Need I say more?... or just listen to the hype crap this site is pushing... it really was a "meh" movie... middle-class Cornish tries to be down with the working class kids at the expense that you never empathise with the lead youth... you actually still detest them... which really is an epicking fucking fail.

  • Aug. 1, 2011, 8:01 p.m. CST

    I haven't seen this site pimp a movie with such a fervor

    by mr.underwater

    Since Hostel 2 Remember how well that turned out?

  • Aug. 1, 2011, 8:03 p.m. CST


    by golden tribw

    I literally just got home from a screening and I would not use the phrase it blew me away, but I had a grand old time. It's a thoroughly entertaining movie that never bores and never feels like it's going through the motions or retreading overly familiar territory. I won't call it the best of the year -- to say that now would be stupid -- but short of that particular claim you can't overhype a movie as solid as this. Especially given its limited release, this movie needs all the positive publicity it can get. It completely deserves it, unlike pretty much every other movie I've seen this year. Some of you are just idiots. Whining that a single site somewhere at the bottom of the Alexa rankings is overhyping a really good movie? Piss right off.

  • Aug. 1, 2011, 8:19 p.m. CST

    I agree with goldentribe

    by Matt Goodman

    Stop complaining. All of these blockbusters get overhyped and you don't complain. Then ONE movie gets minimum hype and you guys flip a shit.

  • Aug. 1, 2011, 8:36 p.m. CST

    Attack The Block's whole advertising budget went to AICN

    by mistergreen

  • Aug. 1, 2011, 8:37 p.m. CST

    please AICN, SHUT THE FUCK UP about the film already.

    by BILLY

    I appreciate the INDY support, but good god, you guys have 50,000,000 posts on this film in the last 4 months. ENOUGH!

  • Aug. 1, 2011, 8:42 p.m. CST

    it deserves to be hyped as much as any film

    by IWasInJuniorHighDickhead

    I mean, it's not terrible, i'd rather read a reviewer raving about this than something like Transformers 3, and the little films that show potential do need the recognition. But when you've three or four reviewers all going apeshit over the same movie that I saw? Hmm. It's like, say, if all the reviewers on this site had started raving that Terminal Velocity was THE best film of the nineties. Just very very random.<P> Terminal Velocity is not the best film of the nineties, but it is fucking funny. I just watched my old vhs of it and i've not stopped laughing.

  • Aug. 1, 2011, 8:55 p.m. CST

    Mock the Block..?

    by D o o d

    anyone? no? ok!

  • Aug. 1, 2011, 9:08 p.m. CST

    total disservice


    the flick may be good, it probably is- but damn you guys have made so many people here (even the once curious) want NOTHING to do with it now...totally turned off from it. our numbers are growing.

  • Aug. 1, 2011, 9:36 p.m. CST

    Not interested in having to beg for a movie to come near me

    by D.Vader

    It didn't work for Paranormal Activity, its not going to work for this. Yes, the constant stories have just about turned me away from this.

  • Aug. 1, 2011, 9:58 p.m. CST

    I feel bad for the folks that don't understand how awesome this flick is

    by TheDark0Knight

    it deserves all the press it can get. hollywood spent hundreds & hundreds & hundreds of millions on summer releases this year & a fucking indie flick from the UK murked all of them. Attack the Block is the best movie of the year (thus far).

  • Aug. 1, 2011, 10 p.m. CST


    by Ditch Brodie

    Good to see some TV love here. Pack the bags, we're going on a guilt trip...

  • Too perfectly named!

  • Aug. 1, 2011, 10:38 p.m. CST

    I usually don't compare movies...

    by HansBubi

    ...but I'd like to mention something that this AICN article doesn't point out. Yes, Attack the Block has done fine in its limited release. However, Miranda July's new movie The Future completely blew Attack the Block away in its per screen average. As a fan of July's Me and You and Everyone We Know, this is pretty satisfying news after months and months of Attack the Block hype. This week was the first time I was even exposed to any kind of footage/trailer for The Future, so I am very happy for Miranda July and her quirky, thoughtful self.

  • Aug. 1, 2011, 10:43 p.m. CST

    I've lurked for all this time, but.....

    by ThaIllest89

    I gotta say... The talkbacks on AICN is filled with a bunch of asinine, self-contradicting, elitist f*cking morons. After going to this site for news and reading the talkbacks for this long, I really can't take it anymore with at least saying something... The movie is, in fact, really good. This film, along with only one other movie released earlier this year, would be the ONLY movies I'd feel confident putting on my top 10 list once the year is out. But, all y'all know how to do is critique the hype rather than critique the film for yourselves... It's like y'all are adapting a groupthink mentality in which you wanna rebel against the films that are getting lots of praise... See the movie first, then talk some sh*t.

  • really!

  • Aug. 1, 2011, 11:10 p.m. CST

    Shit, Im still waiting on Tree of Life

    by GravyAkira

    Get your ass to Indiana!!!

  • Aug. 1, 2011, 11:37 p.m. CST

    It's NOT what this site is pitching.

    by Jango Fart

    It's insane how blatantly this site is fabricating such enormous and empty hype over an average film. I was compelled by this site to get to the Alamo and check out ATB. Fun? Yes. Bubblegum? Yes. Heart? Yes. Clever? Not really. Instant classic a la Shaun of the Dead? No fuggin way. Greatness? Not by a longshot. Will you regret seeing this movie? Not at all. Will you remember it next month? Not at all. That's about it. In the words of Liz: Please can we JUST CALM THE FUCK DOWN?!

  • Aug. 1, 2011, 11:42 p.m. CST

    The film is awesome a must see no joke

    by imp_fx_com

    Attack the Block kicks the crap out of any other film this summer. The trailer and poster kinda suck. Don't trust them. Just see it.

  • Aug. 1, 2011, 11:51 p.m. CST

    Not worth the hype at all.


    You will almost certainly be let down. Although, in comparison to Cowboys & Aliens, it's a quite good.

  • Aug. 2, 2011, 12:57 a.m. CST


    by kabong

    Are bribes to reviewers an expense above the line or below the line?

  • Any more idiotic predictions, Oh-For-Ten?

  • Aug. 2, 2011, 1:07 a.m. CST

    there is NO, rather

    by golden tribw

  • Aug. 2, 2011, 2:14 a.m. CST

    Sony/AICN: You guys did your job.

    by Franck

    It's counterproductive, just look at the posts. Game over. Try again.

  • Aug. 2, 2011, 2:47 a.m. CST

    People despise chavs

    by Horace Cox

    They don't want to pay to see them. Get over it.

  • There's no movie discussion anymore, just a bunch of fatheaded meathead trolls looking for a slice of pie. If you hate this site stop giving it hits. Simple. Me? I love movies. Shit movies. Great movies. I like that people try to see good in things. I don't see AICN as this great site of literary criticism and it never has been. It shouldn't be viewed that way. It's just a bunch of guys having fun whilst another bunch of jealous self-serving anonymous cunts who like the sound of their own typing rage bile for no reason at all piss against the wind. And Attack The Block is great. If you don't like it, whoopie for you, but why are you coming to a geek site for movies again? I'll say it again. Cunts. Big, sloppy manginas.

  • Aug. 2, 2011, 4:26 a.m. CST

    Ditch Brodie! Do you have your Coffeetron Dick Defender handy?

    by IWasInJuniorHighDickhead

    love love love that film

  • Aug. 2, 2011, 4:42 a.m. CST

    You couldn't pay me to watch this trite shit.

    by MajorFrontbum

  • Aug. 2, 2011, 6:02 a.m. CST

    Attack the chavs

    by photoboy

    I don't get Cornish. He gets mugged by a bunch of chavs so he goes and makes them the heroes of his next film. Maybe he thinks appeasement will make them less likely to mug him the next time they see him? There's no way I'd pay money to watch the scum of UK society ignorantly grunting away on the big screen.

  • I bet aicn get a production credit.

  • Aug. 2, 2011, 6:14 a.m. CST

    The first thing I thought after it ended...

    by BeatsMe

    Why the hell isn't this getting better promotion? It's easily the best popcorn movie of the year so far, you'd have to be a little dead inside to not have fun with it. Personally, I'm happy AICN is doing it's best to raise awareness of a great flick that the studio doesn't have a clue how to market. Even the trailers don't convey the film's charm.

  • Aug. 2, 2011, 6:54 a.m. CST

    Plants? Green? Super Green?

    by Franck

    Seems that a few of the highly positive posts on this talkback have the same "clean", well written style, followed by a few insults to make up for it. I smell green all over. (All respect aside for the ones that truly loved the movie and everyone is entitled to their opinion, ----that's why talkbacks are here for- and fuck whomever tries and tell others that they are cunts for not agreeing with them.)

  • Aug. 2, 2011, 7:04 a.m. CST

    And I thought Harry Hyped "King of Kong"

    by cookylamoo

    He must actually have money in this one.

  • Aug. 2, 2011, 7:42 a.m. CST

    The only astonishing thing in Hot Fuzz.

    by cookylamoo

    Was that Timothy Dalton was still alive.

  • Aug. 2, 2011, 7:46 a.m. CST

    I wanna see this...

    by samuraiyao

    Looks good, please play in Houston!!!

  • Aug. 2, 2011, 8:12 a.m. CST


    by CreepyThinMan

  • Hell, no one wants to see a movie about any brits at all. Nah, I'm kidding. The Brits from time to time make some cool stuff. But those accents are a hard sell. I also find it funny how the British appear to either be luke warm, or flat out hate this film!

  • Aug. 2, 2011, 10:24 a.m. CST

    Seriously though, WHy is British cinema so pathetic?

    by Nabster

    I'm not commenting on Attack the Block, since considering the hype, its actually an anomaly. But compared to other European countries, British cinema is pathetically stagnant and non existent. Is it because the shitty Brit Government doesn't subsidize their movies? Or, I suspect, its because they already have a flood of English language movies, Hollywood. Therefore, there's much less need for them to make their own movies.

  • Aug. 2, 2011, 12:04 p.m. CST

    Would go see it, but might as well wait until DVD

    by Zombieflicker

    Maybe if I had a Alamo Drafthouse anywhere near me I'd go, but I can wait a month. Looking foward to it though.

  • Aug. 2, 2011, 12:27 p.m. CST


    by NightArrows

    Fuck you.

  • Aug. 2, 2011, 2:10 p.m. CST

    Would rather watch season three of "Misfits".

    by cookylamoo

  • Aug. 2, 2011, 3:18 p.m. CST


    by Atticus Finch

    After Nordling's first review, I don't really care to see this. Plus, I've read online that it is only a mediocre film.

  • Aug. 2, 2011, 4:48 p.m. CST

    Did NOT like this movie

    by MaliceHighload

    Not just trying to be contrary. This movie has gotten a ton of coverage here and I've avoided most of it out of disinterest, but I figured if it was getting all this press it might be cool. It's not the worst movie in the world but I didn't get into it. I could see how it might play better in the UK. I couldn't relate to it. I really disliked the "heroes" of the movie. It's a small movie and I respect how it was trying to do some different things -- and people should check it out if they're that curious but I definitely think this thing has gotten way overhyped on here.

  • Aug. 2, 2011, 6:59 p.m. CST


    by ThaIllest89

    Wow, what an intelligent response! Thanks for proving my point. I rest my case.

  • Aug. 2, 2011, 9:58 p.m. CST

    I was surprised to see a very positive review on a site


    that is very snobbish and shreds movies routinely. Maybe...its actually....good?

  • Aug. 2, 2011, 10:02 p.m. CST

    British cinema


    I just saw Blitz. It was o.k. There were some very amateurish things that I noticed. The stuff coming out of Hollywood is way more polished and sophisticated.

  • Aug. 2, 2011, 10:05 p.m. CST

    'Attack the Block' Engages the Brain and Quickens the Pulse


  • Aug. 3, 2011, 8:30 a.m. CST


    by Nabster

    I lived in London for 5 years for work before moving back to the US. And I found it extremely strange how there is basically no British film industry. Sure, some movie are made, but its not a significant industry. Other European countries have vibrant and flourishing movie industries. I think it actually might need government investment, because its relatively small industry as it is. But, I honestly think the main reasons are, Brits don't really want to see British movies. British movies tend to do social realism very well, they're not fun. I think Brits themselves are kind of cynical realistic people, and the fun escapism that marks US cinema, just cannot exist in the UK. I mean look at Attack the Block, it made a meager amount of money in the UK. Because, the Brits would rather see a movie about Americans, rather watch American films, than a film about council estate hoodies. And since Hollywood provides such a glut of English Language films, the Brits don't really need to make their own films. But, some cool stuff does come from there.

  • Aug. 3, 2011, 9:57 a.m. CST

    Unlikable characters versus Aliens....Skyline?

    by cookylamoo

    Don't know why Skyline got panned here when it featured pretty much the same thing.

  • Sept. 16, 2011, 7:06 p.m. CST


    by Valenni

    So the film starts with the 'heroes' mugging a woman at knifepoint, then they become the 'heroes'... Bummer if you are a victim of crime watching this. ALSO, how come the aliens can dispatch police and armed drug dealers with ease, but some kids falling off thier bikes can escape with ease? Fuck you AICN and you hype on this!!