Friday, January 15, 2016

Assault on Precinct 13 (1976)

An American action film directed by John Carpenter.
A gang of criminals is in possession of a large quantity of stolen guns. A death-row inmate of a prison is being transported, along with 2 other inmates, when one of them gets sick. A father is driving with his daughter when he stops to use a pay phone and she approaches an ice cream truck. A rookie cop is spending his first night on the job at a station that is in the process of being relocated.
The many converging plot-lines actually ended up making sense and the characters were alright. I wish they had developed the father character more. As it is, he's like a glowing match that is carelessly thrown on flammable materials. The main secretary seemed like she was about to be developed into the plot all the way through, but to no avail. I would call her a glorified extra. I liked how the action rose through the duration, with only a quick clean-up of an ending. However, 2 minutes and 30 seconds of credits to start the film was a little excessive. Obviously, we've got some pacing issues and uneven character development. The video was extremely dark because of the night setting and the gang cutting off electricity to the building did not help this. Overall, it was a decent flick that is worth watching once. I rate it o.k.

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