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Assault on Precinct 13 (1976)

By Michael Jan 24, 2024

Grab your popcorn and put on your big-kid pants, because Gramps here just revisited John Carpenter’s “Assault on Precinct 13” from the cinematic archives of ’76. Now, I might not get TikTok or avocado toast, but I sure as heck get a good ol’ dose of Carpenter-style action.

Let’s start with the title. “Assault on Precinct 13” sounds like a recipe for chaos, and trust me, it delivers. It’s like Carpenter went, “Hey, I’ve got an idea—let’s throw a bunch of people in a police station and see what happens. Oh, and let’s make sure they’re all trigger-happy lunatics.” Genius, right?

Now, the plot. It’s as straightforward as a barber’s pole. You got a police station, a bunch of cops, and some baddies who decide it’s the perfect time for a violent shindig. It’s like Carpenter looked at a spaghetti western, nodded approvingly, and said, “Let’s do that, but with more guns.”

The characters? Classic Carpenter. You’ve got Napoleon Wilson, the kind of guy who probably irons his shirts with a glare. The rest of the cast? Well, they’re not exactly the A-listers of the ’70s, but they bring the kind of authenticity you don’t find in today’s polished blockbusters. No pretty-boy heroes here—just regular folks caught in the crossfire.

And the soundtrack. Carpenter’s synth beats are the unsung hero of this flick. It’s like he took a Casio keyboard, added a dash of ’70s funk, and created a musical masterpiece that’s as iconic as my collection of vintage vinyl records. You hear that pulsating electronic rhythm, and you know it’s about to hit the fan.

The action sequences are tighter than my budget during the oil crisis. Carpenter doesn’t mess around with unnecessary frills; every gunshot, every explosion—it’s like he’s playing a violent symphony, conducting chaos with a flick of his cigarette.

The dialogue? It’s the kind of tough talk that makes Clint Eastwood sound like a poetry slam poet. Short, sharp, and to the point. These characters don’t waste time with pleasantries; they’re too busy dodging bullets and trying not to end up in a body bag.

In conclusion, “Assault on Precinct 13” is Carpenter doing what he does best—serving up a gritty, no-nonsense thrill ride that’ll leave you questioning why modern action movies need so much CGI. If you’re tired of superhero antics and want a taste of old-school, unapologetic cinema, this one’s for you. So, kick back, relax, and enjoy the mayhem. And if you don’t like it, well, tough luck—Gramps approves.

Images by Fotor

By Michael

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