Assault on Precinct 13 (2005)

Assault on Precinct 13 (2005)

Assault on Precinct 13 (2005)

Ethan Hawke, Laurence Fishburne, Maria Bello and John Leguizamo star in this 2005 remake of John Carpenter's '70s siege classic, centred on a police station where officers and criminals are forced to team up and defend themselves from armed foes surrounding the building.

2005Rating: R109 minsUSA, France
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Assault on Precinct 13 (2005) / Reviews

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

A savvy and extensive reworking of John Carpenter's 1976 cult classic of the same name.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

Don't avoid the new Assault on Precinct 13 because it's a remake. There are plenty of other reasons.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

A smart script, edgy acting and a gradual accumulation of suspense set-pieces makes for a decent popcorn high.

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Time Out

Time Out

At its best... this is witty, tense and bloody...

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Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly

(The script) hasn't updated the isolated-precinct premise in a timely or thoughtful way.

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New York Daily News

New York Daily News

Hawke and Fishburne make it work, supported by a mostly strong cast.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

Ethan Hawke and Laurence Fishburne provide enough gravitas to keep things involving even as some of the supporting characters fight a losing battle with caricature.

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Slant Magazine

Slant Magazine

A new “update” of John Carpenter’s 1976 genre classic that takes upon itself the burden of integrating every leaden cliche and token distraction that Carpenter wisely left out.

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Village Voice

Village Voice

A surprisingly credible action flick - even with Ethan Hawke in the role of a neurotic hipster police sergeant.

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Boston Globe

Boston Globe

Carpenter's original was all action and little talk. No one in this movie knows when to shut up and shoot.

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New York Post

New York Post

A thriller that actually thrills.

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San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle

The script is fun. The editing is vigorous but coherent, and Hawke's attack on the role is loose and inspired.

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Seattle Times

Seattle Times

Fans should appreciate the remake for what it is: a breathless little revisit to that old precinct house, expertly performed.

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Salon

Salon

A great deal of thought may have gone into the making of Assault on Precinct 13, but its tone and its rhythms are consistently out of whack.

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E! Online

E! Online

Finally, a remake that isn't a total massacre.

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Film Threat

Film Threat

A nifty little action movie, and well worth a look.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

Not so much a remake as a riff on an old familiar plot...

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USA Today

USA Today

The film has an appropriately dark and gritty look, but it suffers from some glaring problems.

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CNN

CNN

It's a good old-fashioned shoot-'em-up with a few nice twists and some very good acting.

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BBC

BBC

Richet introduces new twists and simmering character drama while avoiding pretensions to conserve the ferocity of the 1976 original.

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The Washington Post

The Washington Post

It's good for a silly laugh, this stuff.

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