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BeerMoth -> (11/5/2011 9:36:11 PM)

Probably the best soundtrack in the world....




lostboys96 -> Assault on Precinct 13 (6/2/2012 12:09:20 PM)

Carpenter's FIRST EVER OUTING into (almost) Mainstream CInema. A taut, effective and realistic account of violence. Showing LA's darker side, Assault shows us what can actually happen in real-life circumstances. John Carpenter is a master director an this film shows is darkly artistic directing style perfectly. Although an original classic, the only downside is how perfect this film is. A film can't be perfect but this is. And the soundtrack: Awesome! A fine film. Classic!




ChrisAJ20 -> (4/3/2012 7:46:37 PM)

Although not as well known as some of Carpenter's other films this is still a fantastic example of low budget/independent film making. A simple plot borrowed from Rio Bravo combined with some excellent camera angles and Carpenter's self-composed synth score make this one of the best action thrillers of the past 40 years. Definitly worth a watch and still superior to the 2005 remake.




ChrisAJ20 -> (4/3/2012 7:46:38 PM)

Although not as well known as some of Carpenter's other films this is still a fantastic example of low budget/independent film making. A simple plot borrowed from Rio Bravo combined with some excellent camera angles and Carpenter's self-composed synth score make this one of the best action thrillers of the past 40 years. Definitly worth a watch and still superior to the 2005 remake.




Phubbs -> RE: (7/10/2012 7:01:18 PM)

Assault on Precinct 13 (1976)

Low low budget exploitation thriller which was Carpenters first proper film after the seriously low budget sci-fi 'Dark Star'.

Inspired by 'Rio Bravo' and almost any other old western really this stand off thriller is one of Carpenter's best films for me. Again the plot is very basic but executed so well. A group of men, mainly police and convicts and a couple women are holed up in a defunct police station as a large gang of thugs lay siege outside. Your typical last stand against the bad guys.

What works (like other old films) is the fact there isn't lots of fancy ass camera angles, huge explosions, tarty gun play and slow motion. Everything is created realtime and with as much flare and creativity as possible, this always (well mostly) works out for the better visuals wise.

I admit there are few sequences which do look rather hokey these days, when the hoodlums attack the station via the windows they don't seem to work out that's an easy way to get blown away. The final showdown involving an explosion isn't very glorious truth be told hehe but its still acceptable.

Hardly violent a tall watching today but back in the day there was a huff over one scene where a kid is shot virtually point blank. I can see why as it is a cold little sequence but these small quirks make you chuckle these days, adds spice to the film when you look out for the infamous bits.

The cast really help this film it must be said. Was never really meant to do anything money wise methinks, or suppose to be classic film making but the cast really juiced up the film to cult status. Stand out players easily being Stoker as the loan cop, all that's left after the initial bloodshed.
His stoic stern calm manner is the perfect leader, the perfect hero standing for what's right and true. Alongside him is Joston as the gruff tough ice cool convict who becomes Stoker's close ally. Joston's performance may be hammy by today's standards but its the perfect foil and is typical of many old classic western tough guys...'got a smoke?'

For a film that plays out within the small confines of a few rooms the tension is solid, you wanna see what's gonna happen. Not much happening outside accept for the odd shot of hoods running around, action is small, fast and quick whilst visuals are enough to get the job done.




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