Assault on Precinct 13 Reviews

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January 19, 2005
A thriller that actually thrills.
January 19, 2005
Hawke and Fishburne make it work, supported by a mostly strong cast.
January 19, 2005
The sort of remake that inspires faith in second chances.
January 19, 2005
A smartly assembled noir package.
January 19, 2005
Richet and DeMonaco respect the original movie while adding depth to the characters and complications to the situation.
January 19, 2005
Gleefully filled with corruption, violence, paranoia, thug-speak and mayhem. It's mad, it's bad and it's bloody. Yep, it's a bonafide blast.
January 19, 2005
Assault can't be called great, but it has the guts to throw all its hard-core chips into the pot, which makes it almost as much of a butt-kicking novelty as Carpenter's original.
January 19, 2005
One of the few good things to be said about Assault on Precinct 13 is that, early in the new season, we get one of the year's worst movies over and done with.
January 19, 2005
Though Richet stretches believability near the end, action-movie fans should assault theaters for an entertaining stay at Precinct 13.
January 19, 2005
Jean-François Ríchet, the director of the new Assault, is working from a script, by James DeMonaco, that creates a handful of zingy one-note lowlifes but that hasn't updated the isolated-precinct premise in a timely or thoughtful way.
January 19, 2005
The premise may be outlandish, the action unrealistic and sometimes silly and the characters formulaic. But the movie rips and roars.
January 19, 2005
For one thing, it's silly. For another, it's not always silly enough to be diverting.
January 19, 2005
Strong performances and a couple of new twists.
January 18, 2005
It's not great art, but, for B-movie fans and those looking for a mid-winter jolt of energy, it's good fun.
January 18, 2005
A savvy and extensive reworking of John Carpenter's 1976 cult classic of the same name.
January 18, 2005
Good, gory fun.
January 18, 2005
A polished B-movie with lots of gunfire, a sheen of craftsmanship and few pretensions to be anything it isn't.
January 18, 2005
The cheese factor is satisfying and the no-frills approach has a gut-level appeal.
January 18, 2005
A surprisingly credible action flick -- even with Ethan Hawke in the role of a neurotic hipster police sergeant.
January 13, 2005
Stars (the Carpenter version didn't have any) Ethan Hawke and Laurence Fishburne provide enough gravitas to keep things involving even as some of the supporting characters fight a losing battle with caricature.
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