A cop (Ethan Hawke) must arm prisoners to help fend off an attack by gunmen who want to kill a gangster (Laurence Fishburne) locked away in the crumbling station.
" This meat-and-potatoes dish of moviemaking is sufficiently tasty to satisfy auds hungry for old-fashioned rock-the-house action. "
" You've got to smile at a movie that puts two key female characters in high heels and skimpy dresses and brazenly insists that it makes perfect sense that they be dressed that way for a shootout in the middle of a snowstorm. "
" My preference for the remake over the original has more to do with its harsh representation of contemporary state corruption and its unsentimental ethical distinctions than with its success as a thriller. "
" Just duck, shoot or be shot, a bloody race to see who can be the last man standing, and maybe manage a wisecrack or two. "
" It's good for a silly laugh, this stuff. And maybe this movie will draw renewed attention to Carpenter's eminently better movie. "
" 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. "
" Matches a dingy urban setting with a compelling situation and throws in an ensemble of interesting characters who become even more interesting under stress. "
" Restores thirteen to its place as the unluckiest number. "
" The film has an appropriately dark and gritty look, but it suffers from some glaring problems. "
" James De Monaco's strenuously hipster script reaches for black comedy but never comes close. "
" Fans should appreciate the remake for what it is: a breathless little revisit to that old precinct house, expertly performed. "
" At its best, though, this is witty, tense and bloody: a homage that Carpenter might appreciate. "
" Breaks the first and only commandment of remakes: Thou shall at the very least do justice to the original, or thou shall not be made at all. "
" A studiously cheesy remake of John Carpenter's 1976 cult fave shoot-'em-up. "
" Making a B-movie out of an old A-movie -- which is what Carpenter did -- is smart and fun. Making an A-movie out of an old B-movie -- which is what director Jean-Francois Richet tries to do here -- is just sort of silly. "
" An assault to your intelligence, and an assault on your ears and eyes. "
" Don't avoid the new Assault on Precinct 13 because it's a remake. There are plenty of other reasons. "
" It's a good old-fashioned shoot-'em-up with a few nice twists and some very good acting. "
" Fishburne even manages to make crass violence witty. "
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