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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…
"I've got to tell you: I don't know how to hotwire a car."
What is that potatoes game??
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The urban paranoia that would mutate into the fantastic in Escape From New York can be found germinating here, along with that movie's refreshing cynicism about authority and law enforcement, but its primary asset is how well it turns on the tension and doesn't let up - the famous primary touchstone here is Rio Bravo, but it's as if John Carpenter watched Rio Bravo and saw the lean thriller Howard Hawks was never interested in making, so he made it himself.
Thank goodness guns aren't this easy for psychos to acquire in real life!
"I was born outta time."
Nobody writes terse, wise-ass tough guy dialogue like good ol' J.C.! I really liked the close-up shot of a silenced pistol inching out of a moving jalopy window. Nice framing! Especially in the outdoor night scenes where the gang flits between trees like bandana-clad wraiths. The "chollo" marking sequence, a stern tiny rough'n'tough flanked by two tall haters, really stood out to me as well.
And the score might be my favorite of Carpenter's! It adds a layer of dread and menace that transforms some of the cheaper elements (acting, sets) into white knuckle fear fuel.
I'm repeating myself, but I'd like to write an essay on this film and the RESIDENT EVIL franchise (particularly the last two) and John Carpenter's economical use of bullets used wisely vs. the pretty dull repetition of constant machine gun firing and limitless amount of ammunition that seemingly hits nothing. I'd elaborate, but Letterboxd doesn't pay me enough for that.
Also, the way Laurie Zimmer takes a bullet and then calmly stares down her shooter as if she's willing him into nonexistence is insanely badass.
"It's an old story with me. I was born out of time."
Might as well be Carpenter's mission statement.
[Aquí, tachando 'blind spots' de John Carpenter.]
Increíble. Por lo que había leído, esperaba que como "remake" de Rio Bravo se sintiera más como western. Pero esta es una película de zombis hecha y derecha. La pandilla que pinta Carpenter es tan genérica y poco dibujada como un horda de Romero. Pero con armas de alto calibre y silenciadores.
Amé en particular que es una gran película angelina. Amé la maestría con la que Carpenter coloca todas las piezas en su lugar antes del inicio. Y bueno, el helado de vainilla más aterrador de la historia. Gran, gran cosa.
Obra maestra rotunda.
This film is a classic. I'm aware that John Carpenter has spoken about how Assault on Precinct 13 was inspired by Romero's Night of the Living Dead, but the similarities go beyond homage. This movie is basically a retelling of Night of the Living Dead, set in a different universe.
It's Rio Bravo: the video-game, and that's not meant pejoratively.
The second feature film by John Carpenter is the point where he really hit his stride. His debut Dark Star is a good film, but quite silly and rough around the edges. This is the first John Carpenter film that really feels like a signature John Carpenter film.
Assault On Precinct 13 is almost like a zombie film crossed with a Western. I say this because the two films it reminded me most of are Night of the Living Dead and Fistful of Dollars. In Night of the Living Dead the main characters are confined to one building, fighting off lots of marauders trying to break in from the outside. And in Fistful of Dollars we have a similar deal,…