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Assault on Precinct 13
L.A.'s deadliest street gang just declared war on the cops.
The lone inhabitants of an abandoned police station are under attack by the overwhelming numbers of a seemingly unstoppable street gang.
An interracial gang wages an all-out assault on a police station. In their way is a street smart cop, a hottie with a nice rack, and a con who really wants a smoke. A blood-oath. An ice cream truck. A Real Housewife of Beverly Hills's last scoop of vanilla. A father's swift justice with a twist. Being marked for death by Che and the gang. A dispatcher's last call. A save-ass plan. A game of hot potato seals Snow White's fate. Backseat peek-a-boo. Having to wing it. Not arguing with a confident man. The ultimate last stand. Wilson finally gets that smoke. Carpenter's Mona Lisa.
A dynamic blend of kinetic direction, relentless action & energetic performances, Assault on Precinct 13 is a severely underrated action thriller that grabs the viewers' attention from its opening moments & never lets go until the very end. Written, directed, edited & scored by John Carpenter, it is one of the finest works of his career & arguably the most transparent reflection of this director's filmmaking style.
Set in a crime-infested ghetto in South Central Los Angeles, Assault on Precinct 13 covers a series of events taking place within the same day & begins with covering three plot lines which later merge into one. On a superficial level, it tells the story of a police officer who, with the help of convicted prisoners, defends a…
Dun dun-dun-dun-dun. Dun dun-dun-dun-dun. Dun dun-dun-dun-dun.
I always seem to forget just how catchy that theme tune is. In fact, I think out of all the John Carpenter themes (and soundtracks, for that matter) the one for Assault On Precinct 13 is my favourite. It's also a soundtrack that does for the atmosphere of this film at its key moments the kind of job that ALL soundtracks are supposed to do.
In fact, as I was commenting to my wife last night, when I first saw Assault On Precinct 13 as a 13 year old as part of a Moviedrome series I actually recognised the theme tune even though I had definitely never seen the film before. Not sure where…
This films follows the story of a police station which is about to be disabled and is the target of an assault by an unstoppable gang. Assault on Precinct 13 has the perfect amount of blood and cheese, there's nothing like a John Carpenter flick to keep you entertained. For its budget, I think that this film has survived very well due to its badass simplicity. John Carpenter balanced his second film very well, a simple story capable of sticking everyone to the screen, which was very well conducted due to the perfect amount of cool and well developed characters. It's very important to underline the superb eletronic and minimalist score composed by Carpenter himself. The montage, editing, framework and…
Great little low budget exploitation flick from John Carpenter! While I prefer his horror films, I am glad I got a chance to see this as I've heard so many good things about it over the years!
A gripping, exciting exercise in less-is-more filmmaking, John Carpenter's "Assault on Precint 13" is a thriller that makes the most of its obviously limited resources. Gritty, violent, and spirited, the film is a rough-and-tumble romp that exhibits early versions of the conventions that now mark Carpenter's canon.
Focusing on the siege of a near-derelict police station by a Los Angeles area gang, Carpenter takes his time to establish characters and conflicts. When the siege finally begins, bullets fly and tension crackles. Prisoners and cops join forces to stop the gang's all-out assault.
Carpenter's film includes only a few characters and takes place mostly in the single precinct house. Those under attack in the precinct react to the suggestion of what…
A modern western driven by a simple, infectious synth score (anticipating Escape From New York). The film feels economical, which is not to say cheap, but resourceful and creative. Carpenter might have been thinking Rio Bravo in his depiction of a small band making a last stand, but Darwin Joston's morally ambiguous outlaw is more Glenn Ford than John Wayne, dissolving the line between hero and villain.
Although "Dark Star" has its Carpenter elements, "Assault on Precinct 13" is the first paved road in his career. It has the claustrophobia of "The Thing" and "Prince of Darkness", the faceless killer of "Halloween", the despair and cynicism of "Escape From New York", and the bad ass Carpenter tunes present throughout. The world is as dead inside as the characters in the film, there is no room for optimism as it seems the unfortunate circumstances of this world have already been accepted. It is a pure B flick but Carpenter's patience in his world building is truly the key to his success.
It's cheaply made and has awful acting, but it's an early glimpse at John Carpenter's talent. Fans and movie historians should definitely watch it but everyone else can skip it.
Still the best movie I've ever seen.
I simply love the way archetypes pulled right out of a Hawks film pop when you transport them to 70s LA.
The first time I watched this film I was but a 15 year old boy. I was at my friend's house for a sleepover and it was playing on videotape. It was scratchy, it was pan and scanned (and therefore missing almost half the picture) and it was almost to dark to see. But yet I still enjoyed the film back then.
Now it's 2013 and I've seen the film maybe one or two more times. As a huge Carpenter fan I can't get enough of his movies. I have yet to see this one in all its widescreen glory and I have yet to se it since seeing the remake in theatres back when that one came out. So…
A lot of fun but goofy as all hell. The pacing is so strange with this movie because it'll play out as methodical as possible--you'll see every instance of a car not making a smooth u-turn--but then something absolutely bonkers will come out of nowhere. This gang attacking the police station are just magical crazy people. The whole movie is uniquely entertaining but nothing is more amusing than watching Laurie Zimmer appear to fall asleep every scene.
John Carpenter's lasting mark and imprint on the action genre.
To be a bit frank here there is no director quite like Carpenter. He has such a cool style that he can seem to cater at whim to any particular genre. I wouldn't argue if one made that statement that his films are typically among the slick as fuck variety. Here we see his style catered to the likes of the action genre.
The basic set-up is of course pretty well known by now. It is how Carpenter uses the set-up that makes everything so special. Atmosphere can be found in spades here and is typically pretty damn ominous in nature. The first half of the film in particular is…
The ice cream truck scene
Is the one you'll remember.
You should watch the rest.
- My Neighbor Totoro
- Grave of the Fireflies
- Final Cut - Ladies & Gentlemen
- For All Mankind
- Citizen Kane
- 2001: A Space Odyssey
- Tokyo Story
- The Rules of the Game
- Citizen Kane
- 2001: A Space Odyssey
- The Rules of the Game
- Tokyo Story
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