Assault On Precinct 13 review

Why you can trust GamesRadar+ Our experts review games, movies and tech over countless hours, so you can choose the best for you. Find out more about our reviews policy.

In remaking John Carpenter's 1976 tale of an urban cop-shop under siege, director Jean-François Richet has had to make some changes. The balance has shifted from suspense to action, resulting in something that owes more to shoot-'em-ups like Die Hard than Carpenter's inspiration, the Western Rio Bravo. But while it's a different, glossier sort of film, it's not a bad one. Edgy, nasty and bang on target, Assault Mark 2 is still a slick, old-school night out.

The casting of twitchy Ethan Hawke as the burnt-out copper defending his snowbound station works effortlessly well. Bouncing off Laurence Fishburne's monolithic imprisoned mob boss, he anchors an ensemble cast where it's difficult to tell the cannon fodder from the survivors. Indeed, for every predictable formula shock there's at least one genuine gasp of surprise. How many `original' movies can boast that?

More info

Available platformsMovie

The Total Film team are made up of the finest minds in all of film journalism. They are: Editor Jane Crowther, Deputy Editor Matt Maytum, Reviews Ed Matthew Leyland, News Editor Jordan Farley, and Online Editor Emily Murray. Expect exclusive news, reviews, features, and more from the team behind the smarter movie magazine.