Assault on Precinct 13

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Assault on Precinct 13

Universal Studios Home Entertainment / 2005 / 109 Minutes / Rated R

It's almost impossible to review "Assault on Precinct 13" without comparing it to John Carpenter's vastly superior original. There was something just so simple about the 1976 version that continues to stand the test of time by pulling you in immediately to the terror despite being comprised of almost a completely no-name cast. Thirty years later, Universal decided to dust off their classic and remade it with an all-star cast, lead by Ethan Hawke, Laurence Fishburne, Gabriel Byne, Maria Bello, Drea de Matteo and John Leguizamo.

The story takes place on New Year's Eve inside a police station that's about to be closed for good when the unthinkable occurs: a full on assault on the precinct by a gang of hit men. Officer Jake Roenick (Hawke) is forced to throw together a makeshift platoon of soldiers made up cops and criminals to save themselves from a mob looking to knock off Marion Bishop (Laurence).

Though as much as I was predisposed into loathing the re-make, it actually is quite good--and sadly overlooked upon its original release. If you haven't seen it, this blu-ray release will probably meet with a few surprising delights for the curious fans of its cast. Despite some terrific performances, one of the film's shortcomings is the fact that key roles are so star-studded. One of the reasons the original was so terrific is because with a cast of unknowns, you had virtually no idea who might die. That said, this film still deserves a look.

Extras include a healthy audio commentary, five behind-the-scenes featurettes as well as deleted scenes.

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