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‘Attack the Block’ Subtitles Needed?

Posted March 18, 2011 by Max in Film News noticed something I overlooked in THR on ‘Attack the Block’. There was talk that the film would need subtitles due to the heavy accent if the film were to be picked up for US audiences.

‘Attack the Block’ premiered last weekend at SXSW and was one of the best reviewed films of the festival.

THR has this to say about ‘Block’

lock is the directorial debut of Joe Cornish, a sometime writer partner of Edgar Wright who worked with the filmmaker on The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn and Ant-Man. Wright is even an exec producer on the film, which has a pretty high budget for a U.K. pic.

The movie channels a Goonies and Gremlins-esque vibe but with modern, very inner city London sensibilities. It centers on a band of 15-year old hoodies (ruffians to you and I) who mug and do other small crimes and are on the cusp of making life choices they won¹t be able to back away from.

During a mugging, an fiery object streak down from the sky, crashing in the part of the London slums the boys live. When they discover a creature was part of the meteor, what do they do? Kill it. This, of course, is big mistake and brings down more alien creatures, with our boys needing to step it up to be heroes.

Hollywood executives what to put subtitles on the film to help audiences with the thick British accents. There is also talk of just buying the rights to film to remake it with an American cast. This is a great disservice to a film that could commandeer a sizable audience due to the quality of the film.

The trailer for ‘Attack the Block’ can be seen below. Do you think the accents are too think? And are you against hollywood executives making the decision of a language barrier for you?

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