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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.
John Carpenter is the best director of all time.
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…
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Look at that, two cops wishing me luck. I'm doomed.
It's obvious from looking at this film that even at this point in his career Carpenter had some sort of obsession with the mechanics of the old westerns. A strange mix of Rio Bravo and Night of the Living Dead, this low-budget exploitation flick is a shining example of Carpenter's style. A group of heroes against an overwhelming force set to an empty and enigmatic background is an outline that can fit into a hell of a lot of his films, and yet, none of them are exactly alike. Comparing Assault on Precinct 13 to Ghosts of Mars (which was made 25 years…
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 good John Carpenter film 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 strangely interesting characters. It's very important to underline the superb eletronic and minimalist score composed by Carpenter himself. The montage, editing, framework…
Spends a little too much time warming up that it never really reaches a proper boiling point (which refrains it from reaching the masterpiece department). Nonetheless, a pleasure to witness the birth of Carpenter's style and the sweet soothing sounds of that synth soundtrack echoing throughout suburban USA. Pretty much a zombie flick.
John Carpenter might be the most cult of all directors, barely producing a single film that was well-received or financially successful on release but now regarded as one of the all-time masters of horror. But there's a good reason this one never gained as much of a following as Carpenter's other films.
The pacing of the first half is slow and stiff, with such poor acting and dialogue that we have little interest in any of the characters by the time their lives are at stake in the second half. Tellingly, the character we get the best feel for is the least likeable, and also the most mysterious - not because his personality is meaningfully intriguing, but because Carpenter was…
As with the very best of John Carpenter, simplicity is key. This is a film held in practically one place for 90 minutes and it works perfctly in capturing the intensity and clautrophobia of the situation.
The relationship between prisoner and policeman adds an interesting dynamic, though I do think more could've been explored in this area. Classic Kitsch Carpenter.
Finally got around to watching this and man was it a surprise! This is one of Carpenter's best films. It's gritty, tense and compelling from beginning to end. It's full of great characters and brutal action. The score by Carpenter is awesome. I really enjoyed this film and is definitely one of my favorites by him.
"The very least of our problems is that we're out of time."
"It's an old story with me. I was born out of time."
John Carpenter achieves grimy, low-rent perfection with the genre classic Assault On Precinct 13. It amazes me how long it took for me to see this, because this is right up my alley.
It's got all the ingredients to a classic of it's kind: great and undeniably cool characters, a plethora of memorable lines, a great director that knows what he's doing and, of course, one badass, unforgettable score.
Not just my new favourite of Carpenter's, but also one of my new favourites period. Kickass stuff.
this felt like an awesome zombie movie. i love zombie films!
Feels very much like a zombie/western, where a hoard of faceless gang members attack a building where a small crew are making a last stand. The action is quick, violent, and shot clearly and compactly. The pulsing synth score is classic Carpenter. Characters live or die based on how much compassion they're willing to give their fellow man, rather than the clothes on their back. I think this is Carpenter's first great movie, his first of many.
Low on budget, but high on creativity with palpable verve and energy to hold your attention all throughout.
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