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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…
Carpenter's fascination with group adventures and siege movies has fed through his entire filmography - culminating in the vastly underrated Ghosts of Mars - but Assault on Precinct 13 is the original Hawksian blueprint distilled and revamped. It's a credit to Carpenter and the cast and crew involved that the entire experience feels effortless in spite of how meticulous the construction is. There's incredible character work, a defined time and place (Carpenter's score helps considerably), dedicated moments of tension, explosive set-pieces of violence and horror; and it's all in the course of 90 fucking minutes. Truly spellbinding exploitation, transforming human faces into modern zombies and introducing wave after wave within stark widescreen frames. Can't wait to make a double feature with this and Green Room, if only to observe the influential power of Carpenter's work to this very day.
I know that J. Carp really wanted to make a western and this was his ode to the genre he loves, but I also love that Assault on Precinct 13 is basically Night of the Living Dead in a police station instead of a farmhouse, with menacing gang members with murky motives coming in through the windows and doors in place of zombies, the protagonists trapped inside discuss whether or not they should go to the attic or the basement of the building, taking refuge downstairs, and Ethan Bishop is basically Ben, with Julie [Nancy Loomis] as the hysterical Barbara.
As a side note: It's such a beautiful film that it is a must-own on blu-ray, I just wish that Shout Factory could sort out their issues with the orange/brown/blue coloring, I'm no blu-ray expert, but I noticed that those colors looked off on the Scream Factory release of Phantom of the Paradise as well. Anyone else notice this?
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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…
As a huge John Carpenter fan, I'm absolutely embarrassed to say I'd never got around to watching Assault on Precinct 13 until just now. So let me keep it brief: goddamn it, what a movie!!!
One of Carpenter's first times out and he shoots a little girl. Not even suggested, it just happens. If that teaches anyone a lesson it's that you'll take whatever flavor of ice cream you're given and like it.
One of John Carpenter's early films, that's sadly extremely dated compared to his many other titles. I’m a huge fan of the director himself with many classic films under filmography but it’s very hard to ignore that facts and clear low budget, that's got its fair share of issues from long winded dragging scenes that causes slow pacing to some poor character development, that doesn’t give them much weight for the viewer to invest in their situation.
However despite the many flaws, the core premise is still interesting and creepy with the idea killing gang of people trying to get into the building. I do believe lot of this technique was used more affected for “Escape from New York” being…
Night Of The Living Dead re-purposed as a sleek, propulsive Hawks hommage/action movie. Every time I see this it amazes me all over again.
It's hilarious hearing Carpenter point out his own rookie mistakes in the DVD commentary: "Instead of getting in the car, like a normal person would, the writer writes he walks away!"
What a wet score, not as in wet noodle, but as in deep, brown, broody and full of flow. A bit like the Yarra River, only you just want to lap it up and soak in it. Maybe not like the Yarra then…
This is good, early Carpenter, but that's a bit like saying donuts are tasty, its a given. He is clearly finding his feet and the dialogue is suburb even with the delivery being occasionally off along with some of the performances. Still, the premise is excellent and I was gripped and had fun throughout.
Mmm, slight shame there is no official showdown with the gang leaders. Maybe that motley trio were being kept for the sequel which never materialised. Although there is still time right John? Forget The Ward, how about just one more, for old times sake... pretty please!
Early Carpenter cool, and fucking great at it.
I don't know why i don't give it 5 stars, cause there's nothing wrong with that piece of art.
I really LOVE John Carpenter's music his soundtracks and sound effects are always so goddamn perfect...
This movie, particularly, is what a thriller is all about. The stories starts to be told, you really don't know what's going to happen in each one of them and, suddenly, they fit perfectly in one big action and exciting plot.
"Che roba uno sbirro che mi augura buona fortuna... è proprio la fine"
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