Assault on Precinct 13
In this reworking of the 1976 action thriller, Sergeant Jake Roenick (Ethan Hawke) makes a deadly mistake in a drug bust that costs him his partner and strips him of his confidence. He takes a desk job at Precinct 13, an old Detroit precinct house that is about to be closed. As a group of criminals, including ruthless cop killer Marion Bishop (Laurence Fishburne), are being transferred on a wintry New Year’s Eve, the guards detour to Precinct 13 as a haven from the intensifying storm. Bishop suddenly becomes the target of an assassin (Gabriel Byrne) whose gang surrounds the building and aims to keep him from testifying in a court case. Roenick teams up with Bishop and the other prisoners to help protect all of the inhabitants of Precinct 13 — including a gritty, retiring sergeant (Brian Dennehy), a sex-craved secretary (Drea de Matteo), and a criminal psychiatrist (Maria Bello) — from the oncoming assault.
This action-packed remake has been updated for modern times. Featuring drug dealers, a police Sergeant who uses uppers and downers to cope with his fear, and modernized weapons, this shoot-em-up movie has more language than I have ever heard in a film of its caliber. The characters are rather transparent but the movie is so fast paced that most action fans will probably like the film. However, the excessive language and violence put it well out of Dove’s acceptable range for approval. “Assault on Precinct 13” is more of an assault on the eyes and ears than most people will enjoy.