Monday, September 12, 2005

Assault on Precinct 13 (2005)

[One mean-spirited SPOILER.]

Entirely needless remake proves its complete inessentiality by taking that which made the Carpenter film memorable -- its ruthless narrative economy -- and pitching it straight into the trash, substituting instead a blowsy, complicated story about police corruption. Some of the action isn't half-bad, and Lord knows we could use more films with Drea de Matteo (not to mention more films where Maria Bello gets shot in the head). That doesn't change the fact that this is chilly, heartless product. It's exactly the kind of drab, depressing film that opens in January. An open plea to John Leguizamo and Ja Rule: Could you please stop trying to compete for the title of Most Annoying Supporting Actor? Thanks.

Grade: C


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