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You will grow to care for this kid by, oh, 25 minutes into the movie.
The Dinner: Indian Pakora curry, Kashmiri Kofta, naan, and a


Attack the Block Will Make You Crave Curry and Dubstep, in That Order

attack the block.jpg
You will grow to care for this kid by, oh, 25 minutes into the movie.
The Dinner: Indian Pakora curry, Kashmiri Kofta, naan, and a bottle of Kingfisher (basically India's Budweiser) at Kastoori Grill, new resident of the recently closed 94 Stewart St.

The Movie: Attack the Block at Regal Meridian 16 (1501 Seventh Ave.)

The Screenplate: Here's something that won't surprise you: It's hard to find edible British food in Seattle when you're a vege- pesca- somethingorother-tarian. Ignore the obvious joke--isn't "edible British food" an oxymoron?--and focus instead on the quandary at hand.

The British Pantry is all the way out in Redmond. The Crumpet Shop in Pike Place closes so early that only the bluest of blue hairs could make it in time for dinner. And Fremont's George & Dragon Pub, bless its soul, doesn't consider a meal a meal unless it includes encased meat.

Which brings us to the answer for this and all of life's problems: colonialism!

That's right--just when you think you're out of options, you can always fall back on one country's brutal subjugation of another, less fortunate country. Which in this case means pairing curry, which Weekly food critic Hanna Raskin calls Britain's national dish, with a showing of the low-budget indie sci-fi flick Attack the Block.

How British is Attack the Block?

Director Joe Cornish considered adding subtitles for the film's U.S. release. Unless you study up on your grime-culture vocabulary--where "bare" means "a lot" and "murk" means "to stab"--you're likely to spend much of the film whispering "What did he just say?" to whatever unlucky soul happens to be sitting next to you. A stretched-taut Union Jack literally saves the life of the main character.

But I'm getting ahead of myself. First came the meal.

Kastoori Grill, which serves Himalayan cuisine on the western edge of Pike Place, has only been open two months, and once or twice during my pre-movie dinner that newness showed. An order of naan--which came puffed with heat and streaked with still-glistening smudges of butter--arrived nearly five minutes after our entrees. So by the time we were ready to sop up the extra sauce from our excellent Indian Pakora curry and Kashmiri Kofta, both served out of traditional two-handled silver dishes, the basmati rice had already done most of the necessary spongeing.

Also, an order of on-the-side hot sauce didn't just come late, it didn't come at all. Wah-wah.

But those minor shortcomings in service were more than made up for by the waiter who chased us down to bring us the doggy bag we'd forgotten. Thank you, waiter who embarrassed me by putting his hands together in prayer every time I made a request! You were incredibly professional, and your hustle made today's lunch of leftovers possible (and just as delicious as last night's dinner).

As for Attack the Block, think of it as The Goonies meets Evil Dead meets whatever movies have previously been set in a South London housing project. Or, if you're Village Voice's more-astute-than-I film reviewer Mark Holcomb, you'd say it's "Lord of the Flies by way of John Carpenter," and you'd be right.

Either way, you get the point. Band of young'uns (led by the glowering but ultimately sympathetic John Boyega as ringleader "Moses") encounter monsters (in this case, glowing-mouthed hairy apes from space) and have to fight their way out of danger without, and in spite of, the "help" offered by hapless adults (excluding one, because not all grown-ups are stupid).

As those comparisons also imply, the deaths in Attack the Block are as cheesy as they are grotesque, meaning it's OK to laugh at them. Even if they do--spoiler alert!--involve teenage boys who you are really, really hoping wouldn't die.

God may have saved the Queen. But She couldn't do the same for all the lads in London.

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