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Assault on Precinct 13 (2005)


Average Rating: 5.9/10
Reviews Counted: 162
Fresh: 98 | Rotten: 64

Critics Consensus: This remake has been praised by some as an expertly made B-movie, and dismissed by others as formulaic.

Average Rating: 6/10
Critic Reviews: 40
Fresh: 26 | Rotten: 14

Critics Consensus: This remake has been praised by some as an expertly made B-movie, and dismissed by others as formulaic.


Average Rating: 3.1/5
User Ratings: 94,053



Movie Info

This action-packed remake of the John Carpenter classic tells the tale of an under-manned Detroit police precinct on its last day of operation that finds itself under siege by a ruthless force that will not stop. This time, a notorious cop-killer and mobster Marion Bishop (Laurence Fishbourne) is unexpectedly brought into the precinct during a blizzard on New Year's Eve, much to the dismay of police sergeant Jake Roenick (Ethan Hawke). By nightfall, the remaining cops and prisoners find … More

R (for strong violence and language throughout, and for some drug content)
Drama , Action & Adventure , Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By:
James DeMonaco
In Theaters:
May 10, 2005
Box Office:
Focus Features - Official Site



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Critic Reviews for Assault on Precinct 13

All Critics (166) | Top Critics (41) | Fresh (98) | Rotten (64) | DVD (23)

At its best, though, this is witty, tense and bloody: a homage that Carpenter might appreciate.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Fishburne even manages to make crass violence witty.

Full Review… | July 5, 2005
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

It's good for a silly laugh, this stuff. And maybe this movie will draw renewed attention to Carpenter's eminently better movie.

Full Review… | May 20, 2005
Washington Post
Top Critic

This meat-and-potatoes dish of moviemaking is sufficiently tasty to satisfy auds hungry for old-fashioned rock-the-house action.

Full Review… | January 25, 2005
Top Critic

A great deal of thought may have gone into the making of Assault on Precinct 13, but its tone and its rhythms are consistently out of whack.

Full Review… | January 24, 2005
Top Critic

An assault to your intelligence, and an assault on your ears and eyes.

Full Review… | January 24, 2005
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

Assault on Precinct 13 is fun, engaging, and a little clichéd, but amongst the recent crop of bland action films for the whole family, it stands tall as an example of how to do one right.

Full Review… | December 28, 2010

A satisfying thriller for adults only.

Full Review… | December 22, 2010
Common Sense Media

"Assault On Precinct 13" is a movie that tries to elaborately connect modern day police technology and methods to out-of-date aspects from John Carpenter's'70s era film. The result is that the audience is pulled from feeling like you're watching a blow-ou

Full Review… | April 18, 2009

A dark, exciting and enjoyable action-thriller for adolescent boys of all ages.

Full Review… | April 9, 2008

It's neither graceful nor disgraceful; it just functions and then is over.

Full Review… | July 23, 2007

An over-the-top shootout replete with foul language, gruesome killings and unnecessary subplots.

Full Review… | March 1, 2007
Film Journal International

full review in Greek

Full Review… | October 3, 2006
Movies for the Masses

A smart script, edgy acting and a gradual accumulation of suspense set-pieces makes for a decent popcorn high.

Full Review… | April 1, 2006
Empire Magazine

In its middle section, Assault on Precinct 13 manages to build up an impressive head of steam.

Full Review… | March 18, 2006
Q Network Film Desk

The central problem with this [film] is its essential uselessness. It does its job, I guess. But the job was already done a lot better a long time ago.

Full Review… | February 7, 2006

An idiotic remake of John Carpenter's crackerjack B thriller from 1976. Panders to the lowest common denominator by changing the original's street-gang villains to white cops.

Full Review… | December 28, 2005
Fantastica Daily

A nifty little action movie, and well worth a look.

Full Review… | December 6, 2005
Film Threat

With only a few hours left in the calendar year, Precinct 13, one of Detroit's oldest precinct houses, is closing. You'll want to be there...

Full Review… | August 28, 2005

Richet's film provides more than enough entertainment in its 109 minutes

Full Review… | June 26, 2005

A gritty, violent journey that's about twice as good as you'd expect it to be.

Full Review… | June 15, 2005

A blast of cheesy, full throttle fun that didn't have to be made nearly as well as it was to do the job it was meant to do.

Full Review… | May 16, 2005

...a good, old-fashioned shoot'em up infused with today's liking for flawed, ambiguous heroes and villains who are more than just killing machines. I was pleasantly surprised.

Full Review… | May 7, 2005
Fantastica Daily

Audience Reviews for Assault on Precinct 13

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Wahida K

Super Reviewer

The first Carpenter remake released in 05, the year of the Carpenter remakes. Amazingly this isn't a shot for shot remake but actually a reasonable attempt at something slightly different. Must give kudos to the script writer/s for trying a new angle with the plot to add a touch of originality.

Its pretty much the same type of film as before accept this time the cops and crooks holed up within Precinct 13 are against crooked cops who want one of the convicts inside dead. Nice twist.

You don't really expect that to be honest, I just expected the same old thing with a load of gang thugs but this adds a new dimension. The fact its a whole team of crooked cops led by the nasty Byrne is really good. Bryne merely stands around and sneers a lot ordering his men to do stuff, but his presence really boosts the bad guys, faceless no more.

The good guys are now of course a group of big names but the choices are OK. Hawke is the Sgt in charge of the station and Dennehy is the cliched fat old moustached vet cop, whilst Fishburne leads the bad guys with Leguizamo doing another good twitchy gun nut.

On one hand this is a fun film, plenty of decent action, pretty violent, good visuals and good performances from the main leads. On the other hand it does get silly in places, very predictable of course and feels like they are trying too hard. I did wonder if they were having a swearing competition throughout, how many times can you say 'f**k'!?, as if that will make the film better saying it a hundred times.

The main issue is the simple plot point of a small group of convicts and beat cops up against a crack team of elite cops. Not just dumbass thugs but fully suited special ops type guys, yet they can't seem to crack this band of misfits, all of them end up getting killed! so much for elite cops huh.

This is a fairly decent action romp I can't deny, stupid in places and with a slightly lame finale but its fun to watch. A slightly different beast to the original which is good but at the same time you lose the mystery and suspense of the original. The unknown lurking shadows in the bushes of the originals bad guys.

There is a lot of stuff which has been tossed in here to flesh the whole thing out a bit more. Trying to make the film feel more of a serious Hollywood action thriller but its all pointless and not required, the beginning sequence especially. Think of this as a venture into 'Die Hard 2' territory, snow included.

Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer


Depending on how highly you think of the genre, the remake of Assault on Presinct 13 is either a formulaic slice of cheesy action conventions, or on the other hand an entertaining throw away B movie. I think it borders on the line of both. But really, I think it's the latter. It has laughable, overly serious performances from it's strong cast, that are nevertheless entertaining. With expert direction and nail biting suspense, it's enjoyable generally. However at times it's script, unrestrained pacing, and dull ending ruins the excitement of everything else that works well. So consequently I sometimes lost interest in the plot. However it managed to completely grip it again with impressively fantastical design, madly energetic action sequences, and a commendably magnetic and badass performance from Laurence Fishburne. It's nothing remarkable but it has enough in it to justify it's existence despite not being nearly as good as John Carpenter's original cult classic.

Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer


what the hell was this? the editing/cinematography/direction was awful. plus, why did those assault rifles sound like exaggerated nail guns? i really did want to like this movie. cool premise that calls for a fun action or even a great thriller, but it failed in every way possible.

Albert Kim
Albert Kim

Super Reviewer

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