Assault on Precinct 13 (2005)

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


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

Rating: R (for strong violence and language throughout, and for some drug content)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: James DeMonaco
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 10, 2005
Box Office: $20.0M
Runtime:
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Cast


as Jake Roenick

as Marion Bishop

as Alex Sabian

as Smiley

as Iris Ferry

as Jasper O'Shea

as Liet. Holloway

as Marcus Duvall

as Ray Ray

as Jason Elias

as Rosen

as Danny Barbero

as Mover #1

as Kuhane

as Sniper James

as Fireman #1

as Reporter #1

as Fireman #2

as Mover #2

as Carlyle

as Cop #3

as Bronco Gunman

as Sniper Sebastien
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Critic Reviews for Assault on Precinct 13

All Critics (166) | Top Critics (41)

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

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
ComingSoon.net

A satisfying thriller for adults only.

Full Review… | December 22, 2010
Common Sense Media

A very empty experience when you pit it against Carpenter's "Assault on Precinct 13."

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

Audience Reviews for Assault on Precinct 13

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*ck!?, 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.

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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.

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