Assault on Precinct 13

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Released 1999

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Director:
Brett Morgen
Released:
1999
Rating:
R
Assault on Precinct 13 is a 2005 remake of the 1976 crime thriller about a Detroit police station under siege. On New Year's Eve, bad weather forces a police van to leave dangerous criminal Marion Bishop (Laurence Fishburne), and an assortment of prisoners including junkie Beck (John Leguizamo), at a police station overnight. The troubled Sgt. Jake Roenick (Ethan Hawke) and retiring Sgt. Jasper O'Shea (Brian Dennehy) are on duty, along with police secretary Iris Ferry (Drea de Matteo) and psychologist Dr. Alex Sabian (Maria Bello). Suddenly gunshots break the windows from unknown assailants. Outnumbered and confused, the officers cannot protect the station by themselves or call for help. They decide to use the prisoners to help fend off the attack, knowing that they are unleashing an equally dangerous element inside the station. Director Jean-Francois Richet keeps the focus on the characters as they feel the pressure of a life-and-death situation in this urban drama.

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  • 80

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    Smart, satisfying action entertainment that is also a perceptive work of considerable artistry.

  • 70

    Variety Joe Leydon

    In an era when similar genre pics increasingly resemble videogames, musicvideos or glossy commercials, the blunt, brawny simplicity of helmer Jean-Francois Richet's storytelling st...

  • 40

    The New York Times Dana Stevens

    The main thing this "Assault" lacks is a point. Mr. Carpenter's film still resonates with the political paranoia and social unease of the era. Mr. Carpenter's cynical refusal to di...

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    Thrillers, Crime