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Assault on Precinct 13 – did I see the same film as everyone else?

Assault on Precinct 13 – did I see the same film as everyone else?

Once in a blue moon, I’ll go and see a film without having read any reviews.

I went to see Assault on Precinct 13 (2005), hoping for an action film that was slightly above the norm. Nope, it was absolutely average in every way, shape and respect. The main character had to have some extra motivation, the main enemy would be likeable, and it followed the three-act structure to the letter (just like Speed, in fact). None of the so-called action sequences were exciting and was just dull, dull, dull.

Where everyone else seems to have seen a tight little action thriller, I saw a very lazy, cliché-ridden action-by-the-numbers movie with extraordinarily standard character arcs and motivations. My heart did not pound itself once, and I didn’t feel any fear (or any empathy for that matter) for the characters.

I need to have my faith in the restorative powers of cinema reaffirmed. If that’s possible.

3 Comments

  • Magic Roundabout?

  • You're asking the person who, after the AVIATOR, only had this to say:

    Why are movies all over 2 hrs. now?! I can't hold my pee that long…!

    ?

  • Sheff

    I haven't seen it. Saw the posters and thought it looked like exactly what you have described so didn't bother.

    Dear Frankie is supposed to be good if you can find anywhere down there showing it…

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