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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…
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The 2nd movie from John Carpenter is when he finally figure out his style. You had that cool Casio keyboard soundtrack.
I love that even though this a crime action film he shot it like a horror film. The cholo's are depicted in a supernatural atmosphere. The scene in which you see the cholos coming from the shadow to assault the police station, they seem like ghouls coming to eat the living, Also the way in which they clean up the battlefield to keep the police from knowing about their attack.
It features the Carpenter lone tough anti hero. He always has the best lines. One of my favorite scene is trying to open a box with a shot gun before the Cholo's brake thru a barricade.
Mit seinem zweiten Spielfilm liefert Carpenter direkt ein dickes Brett ab: Er nimmt sich "Rio Bravo" von Howard Hawks und verfrachtet es in das dreckige Los Angeles der 70er, wo es von Gangs nur so wimmelt. Neben sehr schönen Spannungsspitzen, einer guten Härte ist es vor allem der Score von Carpenter selbst der die Stimmung des Films am besten vermittelt und den man so schnell nicht aus dem Ohr bekommt.
Further proof that all Icecream truck drivers deal drugs.
None of this would have happened if the one guy didn't use the payphone so god damn often. Sometimes you have to make a call I get that but there's no reason to make a call in such a dangerous neighborhood. Make a phone call, child gets shot. Trying to make another phone call, starts a gang war. Payphones kill.
A brutal action thriller, even though I found the ending a bit underwhelming.
Pretty amateurish filmmaking. Poor acting and script, but it is entertaining and perhaps unintentionally humorous. The shooting of the little girl with an ice cream cone was surprising.
I'd seen this before and remembered it as being just all right. This time, however, I really found it engrossing. I find this interesting because it's a fairly simple story which I normally would find dull; somehow, Carpenter gets me emotionally invested with the protagonist and his team though. Consider how one-dimensional the antagonists are -- they're essentially an antagonistic force that doesn't have any definition other than just being plain bad and wanting to destroy this old police station and everyone in it. That shouldn't fly at all, at least by today's filmmaking script standards, but they're anonymous enough where I can buy into the mass of thugs as this ever-present evil that the team of good must overcome.…
Lean and dirty with limited knowledge on firearms
"You're pretty fancy, Wilson."
"I have moments."
It would be hard to say anything about this movie other than calling out what it actually is. Bad ass.
Essentially a violent western in a modern setting, Assault on Precinct 13 is a endlessly entertaining action thriller as well as one of John Carpenter's best works, with energetic performances from a solid cast, strong direction and cinematography, good characters, an effective score, mounting tension, and relentless action.