Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Assault On Precinct 13

I watched Assault on Precinct 13 last night. It's the remake of the John Carpenter "classic" although I wasn't a huge fan of that compared to his other work. The remake has a host of stars compared to the B-list actors in the original and it's the first time I've seen Brian Dennehy in a role in some time.
The problem is that the plot seems very formulaic and although everyone is being shot at, you don't particularly care if they live or die as the characters are rather one dimensional: the burnt out cop, the super villan, the petty criminals. The only character which you could possibly look out for is Maria Bello who plays Ethan's Hawkes burnt out cops psychologist but you get the feeling that her character was thrown in for the male audience rather than for a significant plot line.
In summary, this film starts well but for every 20 minute period, it slides into a plot hole mess until the script has more holes than the bullet-ridden Precinct 13.
I would give this film 1.5 Precincts out of 5.



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