Assault on Precinct 13 (2005 film)

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Assault on Precinct 13
Assault on Precinct 13.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Jean-Francois Richet
Produced by Pascal Caucheteux
Jeffrey Silver
Stephane Sperry
Written by James DeMonaco
Based on Assault on Precinct 13 written by John Carpenter
Music by Graeme Revell
Distributed by Rogue Pictures
Release dates January 19, 2005 (2005-01-19) (United States)
March 2, 2005 (2005-03-02) (France)
Running time 109 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $30 million
Box office $35,294,470[1]

Assault on Precinct 13 is a 2005 action thriller film directed by Jean-François Richet, starring Ethan Hawke and Laurence Fishburne. The cast also includes John Leguizamo, Maria Bello, Ja Rule and Drea de Matteo. It is a loose remake of John Carpenter's 1976 film of the same name, with an updated plot.


With only a few hours until the new year, Precinct 13, Detroit's oldest police station, is about to close forever. Only a skeleton crew is on duty for New Year's Eve, including Sergeant Jake Roenick (Ethan Hawke), veteran officer Jasper O'Shea (Brian Dennehy) and secretary Iris Ferry (Drea de Matteo). Roenick is deskbound and abusing alcohol and prescription drugs. He is haunted by a botched undercover operation months prior that resulted in the deaths of two members of his team. Psychiatrist Alex Sabian (Maria Bello) is treating Roenick at the station.

Meanwhile, crime lord Marion Bishop (Laurence Fishburne) is in custody and accused of killing a police officer. He is being transported to another location by bus with three other criminals: addict Beck (John Leguizamo), petty crook Anna (Aisha Hinds), and counterfeiter Smiley (Ja Rule), but a raging snowstorm forces the two guards to hunker down at Precinct 13 until the storm is over.

New Year's celebrations at the precinct are soon cut short as masked gunmen attack the station and kill the two prison guards. The officers discover they are without radio communication and cellular phone reception and surrounded by unknown assailants demanding that Bishop be turned over to them.

A second assault on the station results in the death of one of the attackers and Roenick discovers the man's police badge. Bishop reveals that the attackers are actually corrupt policemen led by Captain Marcus Duvall (Gabriel Byrne) and second-in-command Mike Kahane (Currie Graham). Bishop and Duvall were formerly partners in crime and Duvall and his men must kill Bishop before he can testify about their involvement. Roenick realizes that the attackers intend to kill everyone in the station because they also know the truth about Duvall.

Heavily outnumbered and outgunned by the corrupt street cops and SWAT officers, Roenick sets free and arms the prisoners to bolster the defense of the station. Roenick and Bishop forge an uneasy truce between cops and criminals and their combined efforts repel several more attacks by the corrupt police officers.

Off-duty cop Kevin Capra (Matt Craven) arrives at the station and narrowly avoids being killed by the gunmen outside. The besieged officers welcome him, but several of the former prisoners believe that Capra is a mole. Bishop quiets their objections with his fists.

Roenick and Bishop decide to take action instead of waiting for another attack. Anna, who can hotwire a car, and Alex volunteer to use Capra's car to summon help, but the attempt fails. Several of the former prisoners attempt to flee but are killed by snipers.

With so few defenders left alive, the precinct stands vulnerable to attack. Bishop discovers the back door has mysteriously been left open and he concludes that Capra is helping Duvall. Roenick begins to interrogate Capra but they are interrupted by the corrupt policemen beginning their final assault on the building. O'Shea suddenly remembers a sewage tunnel running beneath the building and the survivors set fire to the station to cover their escape and flee down the passageway. When they emerge from the tunnel, the survivors find themselves surrounded by the corrupt policemen. The real traitor is revealed to be O'Shea and Duvall prepares to execute the rest. Bishop triggers a flash grenade and kills O'Shea in the ensuing confusion. Roenick and Bishop escape into a nearby forest with Duvall and his remaining men in pursuit. Iris then kills Kehane during a confrontation. Roenick and Bishop work together to survive the final confrontation with Duvall and his men, eventually leading to Roenick killing Duvall and letting Bishop go, giving him a head start.



Assault on Precinct 13 has received mixed or average critic reviews, with a 60% positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes[2] and a metascore of 54 on Metacritic.[3] According to Box office Mojo, it generated $35 million at worldwide box office on a budget of $30 million.[1]

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