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Assault on Precinct 13 (2005)

Action | 109 minutes
3,18 1.700 votes

Genre: Action / Crime

Duration: 109 minuten

Country: United States / France

Directed by: Jean-François Richet

Stars: Ethan Hawke, Laurence Fishburne and Gabriel Byrne

IMDb score: 6,3 (82.164)

Releasedate: 19 January 2005

Assault on Precinct 13 plot

"Unite and fight."

As the year draws to a close, Precinct 13, one of Detroit's oldest police stations, is about to close. Jake Roenick (Ethan Hawke) is one of the few officers still on duty. He gets unexpectedly busy when a prisoner transport arrives due to a snow storm. The criminals, including the infamous Marion Bishop (Laurence Fishburne), are temporarily locked up in Precinct 13 until the roads are back to normal. As night falls, the police station is ambushed by two masked men who set out to free Bishop. The attack can be repulsed, but it is realized that Precinct 13 is in for a long, bloody night.

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Sergeant Jake Roenick

Captain Marcus Duvall

Dr. Alex Sabian

Sargeant Jasper O'Shea

Mike Kahane

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avatar van Shadowed


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Was actually the plan to see the original, since it was supposed to be on Veronica on Sunday evening, but they decided to broadcast the remake anyway. Then looked it up, because why not. You are already looking at that moment anyway.

It all went well. It also gives me slightly higher expectations for the original, although it seems to be more exciting. This one wasn't exciting, mostly fun. And beyond that, it just looked really good visually as well.

What is immediately noticeable is that a lot of attention has been paid to creating a winter atmosphere. This comes off very well and ensures that it becomes quite fun. The suits of the intruders with the bright glasses on also looked nice. So in terms of designs and environment, it was all right.

Anyway, there is a nice atmosphere. Hawke does well in a somewhat familiar role, Fishburne is on a roll and a few decent supporting roles. Even Bello was out of it. Byrne, however, was a somewhat standard villain who didn't really make much of an impression anywhere unfortunately.

Especially the moment when the inmates join the cops the film starts to get going and the story becomes very entertaining. It's also nice that relatively large characters are simply killed. You'd think Bello would survive and start a relationship with Hawke, but she just gets killed. Nice and cool.

Together with solid action, a cool visual look and a good pace, it ensures that this film is quite successful. Only there could have been a little more threat and the atmosphere inside could have been a bit more intense. Action itself could also be a bit more graphic and bloody. For the rest not much to complain about.

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avatar van filmfan0511


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Not too good.

The cast is good (except for a very boring Gabriel Byrne) and the winter setting with the snow storm is really atmospheric, but despite those good elements the film never really came to life for me. There is hardly any tension; the film mainly relies on the action approach. Personally I didn't think that was a good choice; with a concept like this it is much better to focus on the claustrophobic aspect or something like that. Then the different characters would also come into their own, because most of them are now only a bit of filler. Ethan Hawke, the fine Drea de Matteo and especially Laurence Fishburne try to make do with the resources they have, and they do it well, but you still feel like there could have been more out of it, especially from Fishburne's character. Some action scenes are cool nonetheless, and again, the snow setting looks very nice visually, so it's not too bad either. It just had more potential. 2.5*.

Soon the original of Carpenter but once set up, have higher expectations.

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