Movies that are slightly off.
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…
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Carpenter shows us why simplicity beats convolution.
A true hell-in-a-cell masterpiece.
John Carpenter's second film was when the director came into his own. It is a stylish thriller that is violent and intense. As with most of his directorial efforts, Carpenter provides the score for this one and it is nothing short of awesome. I'm a big fan of Carpenter as a director, but I think I like his just as much, maybe even more so as a composer. Assault of Precinct 13 has a fairly simple premise, but it has some cool characters, many memorable sequences, and some great lines of dialogue that all combine to make it a classic. When I first saw this one I thought it started a bit slow, but picked up in the second half. Overall I still prefer the second half, but I came to appreciate the slow burn of the first half more on this second viewing. This is how you make a low budget film right here folks. 8/10
Der gradlinigste Film den ich kenne. Hier ist keine Szene zuviel, hier wird nirgendwo irgendetwas zusätzlich ausgeschmückt. In positivem Sinne stoisch, sarkastisch, arschcool. Bekanntermaßen Carpenters RIO BRAVO - Variante mit NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD - Anleihen und (in manchen Szenen) offensichtlich Vorbild für DAWN OF THE DEAD.
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Entertaining enough, with the ever present Carpenter score...but all in all not much more than a prolonged shoot out action sequence. This was one or Carpenters earlier films, but what was put on film was definitely promising.
Ackowledged by it's own creator on the DVD, Assault on Precinct 13 is a bit more of a hybrid than just a sheer homage to Howard Hawks's Rio Bravo. It has traces of that (editing name, ho-ho), and of the Western specifics in bits of the storytelling devices and stereotypes. But it also has traces of the horror film, of the basic theme of demise by outside forces that not only rests in the best of zombie films but also in a lot of Carpenter's later work. What makes the film seem fresh today, even if it takes its time to get started in the first half hour, is how focused the action is around the story. Even with these…
The soundtrack is incredible. The use of synthesizer is key, as well silence, they both play a major role in this tight thriller. Unfortunately when characters speak, it's usually to say some corny line or to announce what they are going to do.
This film, otherwise didn't wow me. Guns, violence, the echo of the idea that the only way to stop a bad person with a gun is to give a good person a gun is everywhere here.
And what about the evil threat? A large gang who are out to kill and cause chaos, and have no time to disclose their plans or thoughts, ever.
John Carpenter is a master director. Give me Halloween, The Thing, Christine any day over seeing this again.
Certainly not the best film of all time, but some solid B-movie fun. Gotta smoke?
This movie is great everytime I watch it. If you haven't watched it then you should watch it. How's that for a review?
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