Assault on Precinct 13 (2005)

A while ago I read some decent reviews of Assault on Precinct 13 and decided to give it a spin. It wasn’t Citizen Kane but as far as guilty pleasures go, this crime thriller was pretty good. The action is great and there are a few twists along the way that keep you interested in the plot.

Jean-François Richet directed this remake of John Carpenter’s original Assault on Precinct 13 (1976). The cast is pretty decent — Ethan Hawke, Gabriel Byrne, Laurence Fishburne and Maria Bello (who seems to be in everything this year). The film was also shot in Toronto. I noticed Roy Thomson Hall in one scene but found it difficult to tell that the rest of the film was made here in TO.

Did I mention that there were a few guns in this film? Whoa! The DTS track on this DVD will give you home theatre a major workout. Turn the volume up to 11 and enjoy! A mediocre film like this is so much more interesting to watch when it has a great sound mix with lots of activity in the sub-woofer and surround speakers.

If crime films are your thing and you think that the best movie ever made was Predator then you’ll enjoy Assault on Precinct 13.

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