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  • Summary: To survive the night, cops and criminals alike will have to unite and fight. A classic head-to-head showdown ignites in this all-new update of the 1976 action thriller of the same name. (Rogue Pictures)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 39
  2. Negative: 5 out of 39
  1. Smart, satisfying action entertainment that is also a perceptive work of considerable artistry.
  2. One of this enlightened B-movie's many pleasures is French director Jean-Fran├žois Richet's handling of atmosphere and setting. Shot almost entirely at night in a blinding snowstorm, the crime drama is an intriguing remodelling of a classic film noir.
  3. 75
    For those with a high tolerance for violence, Asssault on Precinct 13 is a thriller that actually thrills.
  4. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    63
    Serviceable, occasionally compelling but often formulaic.
  5. 50
    By playing it safe, the new Precinct leaves the audience sorry and restores thirteen to its place as the unluckiest number.
  6. It's a run-of-the-mill action film that falls short of the 1976 original - and, for that matter, the 1959 western "Rio Bravo," which inspired the first film. The characters run out of energy and personality long before they run out of bullets.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 25
  2. Negative: 5 out of 25
  1. Nov 28, 2012
    6
    Despite its slightly fantastical plot, it actually proves to be an entertaining B-Movie.
  2. Jan 23, 2012
    2
    The only scene worth a damn in this ghastly remake is the very opening one, featuring Ethan Hawke close to his best. However, as the film drags along you will slowly be treated to an increasingly hopeless array of actors (including the wonderful anti-talents Ja Rule and John Leguizamo) who blather non-stop about things neither relevant nor interesting. For some reason plans that would be obvious to any airhead trapped in the protagonists' position are called 'smart moves' by Byrne (who is barely given anything else to say or do). Dennehy utilises his talents in saying 'those are Bishop's men' constantly. A pointless romantic sideplot is brought up and dropped along with an equally pointless drug addiction sideplot. Also, it seems like the movie was recorded with no director of photography, as almost the ENTIRE film is completely shot in varying shades of blue and black, with some of the absolute shoddiest camera work this side of a 'found-footage' picture. Often action scenes will be incomprehensible due to unnecessary close-ups and shaky movement, and other times it will be so dark that it is impossible to see. With so much wrong with Assault on Precinct 13, it's a mystery how it was even considered to be worth people's money. There is no reason to watch this. Expand

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