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Assault on Precinct 13 (Widescreen Edition) (2005)

A movie directed by Jean-François Richet

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Loved it!

  • Dec 25, 2005
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I was surprised how much I got sucked into this movie! I have not seen the original nor do I care to, it has not spoiled my movie watching experice, I have imagination and a brain, I can enjoy this withouth knocking it down.

I loved the suspence that kept up through out the whole movie and the familiar characters I liked in previous movies, Hawke, Fishburne, Byrne, Bello to name a few, and how the loyalties between the good cops, bad cops and criminals kept changing through out the movie.

It was fast paced, scarry at times, and you really couldnt guess who was getting killed off when, and they were not sparing the famous faces either.
The plot was simple yet entertaining; bunch of people inside the precinct who were fending off good guys gone bad, and try to sit quiet when your own citys defenses are knocing you down.

I really had a great afternoon watching this during my Christmas Day off, even my family loved it, and you're talking about a bunch of fussy people!

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review by . May 16, 2009
Assault on Precinct 13 is a satisfying remake. Instead of trying to do a bad copy, the film makers decided to use the basic plot and structure of the original and build around it. The directing was up to snuff and he writing wasn't bad. Laurence Fishburne is a bad dude as Bishop, a no nonsense criminal who'll do what ever he can to survive. Ethan Hawke was adequate as Wilson, a cop who survived an incident when he went undercover. Drea de Matteo, Brian Dennehy and Gabriel Byrne (sans accent) also …
review by . April 29, 2009
Though this type of story has been done many times (corrupt cops have to silence those who know about them before they are exposed) this movie is very "watch able" and tense throughout. This is probably due to the excellent acting of Ethan Hawke (as a cop that takes a desk job after making bad decisions that cost his partners their lives) and Larry Fishburne (as a mob boss that has the goods on the corrupt cops).     Basically it is New Years eve and Fisburne and a few other …
review by . November 17, 2008
If you were to take every cops and robbers cliché you could think of, and throw them into a blender with plot contrivances, stereotypes and some horrible dialogue, you'd probably come up with something a little better than this forgettable movie.     Totally devoid of logic, the movie stretches every tenuous premise to the limit, and only the frantic machinations of popular actors Ethan Hawke, Laurence Fishburne and Brian Dennehy make it worth watching at all.     Hawke …
review by . January 17, 2007
Assault on Precinct 13 starring Ethan Hawke and Laurence Fishburne is a good action movie. Hawke stars as Police Sergeant Jake Roenick who is in charge of Precinct 13, a station that is about to be demolished. He is in charge of a skeleton shift on New Year's Eve when a van carrying a group of baddies to jail is forced to take shelter because of a blizzard. Among the baddies is Marion Bishop, played by Fishburne. He's a major bad guy who is responsible for the deaths of Hawke's team from an undercover …
review by . December 28, 2006
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Though this type of story has been done many times (corrupt cops have to silence those who know about them before they are exposed) this movie is very "watch able" and tense throughout. This is probably due to the excellent acting of Ethan Hawke (as a cop that takes a desk job after making bad decisions that cost his partners their lives) and Larry Fishburne (as a mob boss that has the goods on the corrupt cops).    Basically it is New Years eve and Fisburne and a few other bad …
review by . May 11, 2005
ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13 is as riddled with naysayers as it is with the legions of bullets flying through the air: it seems many folks just don't like re-makes of old movies! True, one wonders with all of the fine new scripts languishing in the To Be Read bin why Hollywood elects to buff up old ideas so often. In the case of this film the story is worth re-telling, if only as a reminder that corruption has seeped into every form of public service - and that is something we must all address.    The …
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Action buffs will have a fine time with the spray of bullets, shattering glass, and pyrotechnic silliness that makes up the bulk ofAssault on Precinct 13. Updated from the little-known cops-and-robbers classic John Carpenter made in 1976 (two years before he made his name withHalloween), this high-concept thriller is mostly a lowbrow kill-fest, and is very happy with itself for being so efficient in both categories. A decrepit police station on its last night before retirement--New Year's Eve, no less--plays unexpected home to a gang of criminals who become snowbound in the basement lockup. Another mysterious gang of people who stealthily gather in the blizzard outside want one of the particularly nasty criminals (Laurence Fishburne) dead, and they'll take the rest of the precinct down too, by golly. The odd lot of characters trapped inside include a burned-out sergeant (Ethan Hawke), a sexpot secretary (post-SopranosDrea de Matteo), an even sexier police psychologist (Maria Bello), and various other good guys and bad guys who variously go down in blazes of guts, glory, bullets, and fire. Hawke and Fishburne are opposite sides of the coin: the law, and the bathroom scale. Their need to partner in order to survive the guns outside is the movie's moral conflict, and both actors chew onPrecinct 13's peeling walls and scuffed floors to drive the point home every chance they get. Obvious filmmaking fakery abounds in everything from the irksome snowstorm, frequent ...
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Screen Writer: John Carpenter, James DeMonaco
DVD Release Date: May 10, 2005
Runtime: 109 minutes
Studio: Universal Studios
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