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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: 18 out of 27
  2. Negative: 6 out of 27
  1. [Anonymous]
    Sep 5, 2005
    7
    Flawed, but decently entertaining, and sometimes it feels like an old-fashioned thriller. What's with the forest scene at the end, though?
  2. GrahamM.
    Dec 17, 2005
    7
    What is good and redeeming about this film is the atmosphere and mood. Feels almost like it could be a horror film. Some of this film has the What is good and redeeming about this film is the atmosphere and mood. Feels almost like it could be a horror film. Some of this film has the atmosphere of and could remind some of the game Resident Evil 2. Expand
  3. Oct 26, 2014
    7
    The movie is not original but he's still watchable.Ethan Hawke is not at his best but he delivers the best performance with Fishburne.TheThe movie is not original but he's still watchable.Ethan Hawke is not at his best but he delivers the best performance with Fishburne.The strong element of the movie is the atmosphere but,unfortunately, the director of the movie can't make us feel the atmosphere of the movie.The movie is predictable but there is a twist who is better than the entire movie. Expand
  4. TonyB.
    Sep 16, 2005
    5
    Just because you probably won't believe a minute of it doesn't mean you won't have a good time. Sit back, don't ask any Just because you probably won't believe a minute of it doesn't mean you won't have a good time. Sit back, don't ask any questions,and enjoy. P.S. Was the original really as well received as the critics say it was? Expand
  5. Jun 21, 2014
    3
    Assault on Precinct 13: 3/10: Let us forget for a moment that Assault on Precinct 13 is a remake of a classic action movie. Taken completelyAssault on Precinct 13: 3/10: Let us forget for a moment that Assault on Precinct 13 is a remake of a classic action movie. Taken completely on its own merits Assault is a debacle.

    Lets start with the Rio Bravo style scenario. About a dozen people are trapped in a decaying police station in Detroit (If the Detroit location is giving you Robocop warm and fuzzies stop right now. It could have easily said Topeka in the opening credits and nothing would have changed. In fact the last bit in the forest would have made more sense.) Surrounding them are our bad guys; corrupt cops.

    Now I know what your thinking. Corrupt cops? Were the Nazis and drug cartels busy that weekend? Of course these are no ordinary cops. These guys are right of the cover of the latest Tom Clancy video game. Yup we have body armor; helicopters; laser sights; night vision goggles the works. So we have thirty S.W.A.T. members/Special Forces armed to the teeth verses 4 cops (drunk mind you it's new years eve), 2 girls in party dresses and half a dozen criminals.

    So how do our heroes defend themselves? Truth is they can't. They all should be dead within ten minutes tops. (Not to mention the characters inside have an annoying habit of walking past the windows.) Now an illogical scenario is no reason to completely pan a movie esp. a B style action film. However with the exception of Laurence Fishburne and Ethan Hawke all the other characters seemed to be comic relief. (At least I hope they were)

    While Ja-Rules and Leguizamo's characters are bad enough. It's Aisha Hind's minstrel show that takes the cake. Rarely has a more stereotypical African American character appeared on the modern screen. Her performance resembles a frat boy in blackface and drag acting ghetto.

    In the original Assault a gang member takes over an Ice-Cream truck and drives around the neighborhood shooting little girls in the head. I have had an irrational fear of ice-cream trucks ever since. After this Assault I have a perfectly rational fear of remakes.
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  6. alexh.
    Aug 27, 2005
    3
    Painfully childish logic employed in the storyline.
  7. Bill
    May 22, 2006
    2
    terrible film, completely unbelievable storyline, one dimensional characters, unimpressive action sequences its got the lot. Go see 16 blocks terrible film, completely unbelievable storyline, one dimensional characters, unimpressive action sequences its got the lot. Go see 16 blocks instead. Collapse

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