Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB
United Kingdom, 2011. StudioCanal, Film4, UK Film Council, Big Talk Productions. Screenplay by Joe Cornish. Cinematography by Thomas Townend. Produced by Nira Park, James Wilson. Music by Steven Price. Production Design by Marcus Rowland. Costume Design by Rosa Dias. Film Editing by Jonathan Amos.
A young woman fresh out of nursing school is in the middle of being mugged in her own neighbourhood when that most convenient of distractions, an alien invasion, saves her hide and she is able to get away. Her adolescent would-be attackers turn their attention to the invader and, after killing the first specimen they find, are disappointed to discover that the creature was merely an overture for the visitors that follow.
Suddenly the streets are roaming with giant furry creatures with glowing green teeth and a nasty appetite, forcing the kids to defend their grimy little neighbourhood from being taken over by criminals even more threatening than themselves.
This low-key British science-fiction film enjoys just the right level of humour to balance out its moments of suspense, but is kept from being wholly engrossing by a collection of characters who never fully rise above cliché. The performances are strong but there are no personalities that get under your skin and, as a result, the sympathy factor burns quite low. Still, it’s fun, and uses very little fancy modern wizardry in accomplishing its effects.