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Film
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  Assault On Precinct 13 cinematronic
  director

Jean-François Richet

cast

Ethan Hawke, Laurence Fishburne, Gabriel Byrne, Maria Bello, John Leguizamo, Brian Dennehy, Drea de Matteo, Jeffrey "Ja Rule" Atkins, Dorian Harewood

year

2005

rating rating cinematronic
  Taken on its own terms and in the context of a changed world, the cynical retooling of John Carpenter's gritty 1976 siege movie "Assault on Precinct 13" (which was based on an even earlier film, the western "Rio Bravo") is a tension machine that's just taut enough to warrant a ride. It's New Year's Eve in snowy Detroit, and the rundown 13th Precinct police station is closing its doors forever. Members of the force and support staff are moving to new headquarters. Meanwhile, two cops and a secretary are in the old precinct building, packing up and preparing for a midnight celebration. The man in charge of this skeleton crew is Jake (Ethan Hawke), a young officer relegated to a desk job after an ill-fated assignment undermined his mental health. Jake, veteran policeman Jasper (Brian Dennehy) and sassy file clerk Iris (Drea de Matteo) think they scored a cushy detail, but they're unprepared to watch over a handful of criminals when a prison transport is forced to stop at the 13th Precinct during a blizzard. Even more troubling, a cadre of armed assailants shows up to kill one of the prisoners, mobster Marion Bishop (Laurence Fishburne), regardless of collateral damage. Lives are at risk, and Jake's only recourse is to team with the untrustworthy Bishop and the other perps to fend off the attackers. With Gabriel Byrne as a brutal, high-ranking cop, and Maria Bello as Jake's therapist, and John Leguizamo and Ja Rule as two of the cons.  
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