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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…
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Carpenter's 2nd film is a riff on Rio Bravo, paring down that film's Hawksian hangout vibe, to a lean brutal thriller. The film probably never tops the shocking early moment where the anonymous youth gang murders a child, but Carpenter's framing and composition (and awesome score!) do a great job of ratcheting up tension. The film's focus on logistics (how many bullets do we have? How do we barricade ourselves?) add an element of problem-solving to the narrative that leads logically to the film's ending. Carpenter has never struck me as a great director of actors (though his 80's films include some great, iconic performances), but he knows how to handles archetypes, and the interplay between his three main actors…
Took me long enough to get around to this. Great little flick with almost no budget.
Suburbia paranoia. Suburban 'Rio Bravo'. Western 'Night of the Living Dead'. A Neo-Noir Western Thriller. One hell of a tense movie.
Assault on Precinct 13 is a cult classic that becomes more enjoyable for me the more that I watch it. I would place it in the top 5 of my favorite Carpenter films, action packed, beyond cool characters and dialogue. A must watch for fans of cult classics and action movies.
A police sergeant and an unlikely band of criminals defend a closing LA precinct office on New Years Eve against an army of gang members.
Quiet and raw, sun drenched streets, street lamp lit nights, close, violent, relentless, atmospheric, expendable ghostly gang members, empty.
Lot's of things to like about this one, but it loses some steam halfway through.
"You're pretty fancy, Wilson."
"I have moments."
Movies that embrace an 80's-ish tone with synth or Vaporwave soundtracks or a neon aesthetic.
Suggestions are welcome of course.