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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.
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…
Great little low budget exploitation flick from John Carpenter! While I prefer his horror films, I am glad I got a chance to see this as I've heard so many good things about it over the years!
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…
Assault on Precinct 13 is a well-acted, smoothly paced cult classic with a unique and solidly executed premise. While it never truly blew me away, this was fairly enjoyable with tense, and at times shocking moments(murder of the little girl). My complaibts are that the screenplay wasn't entirely engaging, the soundtrack was rather corny and the buildup in the first act was kind of slow. Nonetheless, Assault on Precinct 13 doesn't rank among Carpenter's best work nor is it a must see, but it's recommendable for the action crowd.
I decided to watch this film because of how much I love Rio Bravo and I kept seeing people relate this to it. The problem is while the action may be similar to Rio the characters completely fall flat in comparison. To be honest I really didn't care for any the characters partially because the acting was poor and because none of them were developed particularly well. Rio works so well because each character has a goal other than living in addition to the camaraderie they develop and share.
Carpenter's terrifyingly amoral and nihilistic depiction of an LA gang seeking revenge is shot and scored perfectly.
"Anybody got a smoke?"
Explosive, kinetic, dynamic, Assault on Precinct 13 is one of the best action thrillers of the 70s, a low budget exploitative punch in the face from Mr. John Carpenter properly announcing himself and his inimitable directorial style as a force to be reckoned with. He'd already directed a rather brilliant little Sci-Fi comedy with Dark Star but this was the film where Carpenter clearly established his cavalcade of motifs and aesthetics. The violence is brutal, the acting great, the score hypnotizing and it's directed and edited with tenacity and supreme skill. One of a handful of films that it doesn't matter what you're doing, what mood you're in, once the game begins you're sucked in and might as well be another person inside the police station under siege because you're not going anywhere. Enthralling, thrilling, suspenseful, there aren't enough adjectives to heap in praise on this underlooked and underrated film.
I can't feign surprise that I liked this film, as John Carpenter is easy for me to pick. But its absolute respect for its characters, refusal to rely on dull dynamics, and its score and cinematography make it great.
Not to be crazy about ratings, but the choice between four and five stars is much tougher than usual.
Had no idea what this one was about, but turned out to be a lot of fun. I really like J.C.'s characters. Pretty brutal and all around fun
"Got a smoke?"
This film is awesome gritty fun that shows John Carpenter really just wanted to make a western all of his life and this is the film that comes as close to it as he can. The cigarette gag is so silly but man does the pay off at the end seem well deserved. The plot could be seen as a bit of a stretch in how little there is in it but the film is 90 minutes which is the right length for a film like this. I love that in season three of Supeenatural they ripped off this movie because it you are going to borrow, borrow from the best.
Straddles the line between being a solid thriller and an okay action movie, but that’s Carpenter for you. Overall, the film is good, but a bit undercooked and it takes too long to get to the point; the one shocking moment in the first half can’t sustain the other 40 minutes of prologue. A lot of the dialogue ought to be merely functional but it’s underlined too much in an attempt to sound edgy. Case in point, Carpenter’s infatuation with Wilson as this kind of charismatic rogue is kind of unwarranted – the dude just ain’t that cool. He wouldn’t really get this kind of character right until Snake Plissken in Escape From New York.
- My Neighbor Totoro
- Grave of the Fireflies
- Final Cut - Ladies & Gentlemen
- For All Mankind
- Citizen Kane
- 2001: A Space Odyssey
- Tokyo Story
- The Rules of the Game
- Citizen Kane
- 2001: A Space Odyssey
- Tokyo Story
- The Rules of the Game