"Like a big budget episode of that show 'The Badge'."
I can think of about 3 things that make this film worthy of being made: 1) John "the Cryptkeeper" Carpenter needs, nay, DESERVES the money...all that formaldehyde ain't cheap! 2) It could rekindle interest in the wonderful original film, and 3) Richet is a decent director.The original Assault on Precinct 13 was a tour-de-force that respected tension and negative space as much as it did films like 'Rio Bravo' and 'Night of the Living Dead'. The new Assault eschews this moodiness and minimalism in favor of rapid-editing, gore, and more head-shots than a Peter North movie.
The blandness of the movie isn't so much the fault of the actors or director as it is the fault of James Demonaco's rewrite of Carpenter's script. Gone are the Hawksian one-liners of the first film, only to be replaced with lame cliches like "whaddaya want, a medal?". This line was used on at least two occasions by two different characters. The plot is riddled with more holes than Courtney Love's arms. (Possible Spoiler) The script also makes a big mistake in moving the climax outside of the precinct. This almost totally derails the momentum.
There are some great moments in the film....the memorable scene of papers flying and glass tinkling as silenced bullets fly is gone from the new film, but in its place is a similar device almost as menacing.
I'm suprised a Frenchman directed a movie so loud and obnoxious, revelling in its cliches...in other words, such an AMERICAN movie. This could be the studio's influence, however. Word has it that Richet was pushing for Carpenter's brooding, minimal synthesizer score from the original to be used in the remake. I guess the studio won, because what we ended up with was a generic Graeme Revelle score that sounds like reject music from CSI, and a lame KRS-ONE track in which he mentions his name more than KMFDM. THE LEAST they could've done is rolled the credits on a hiphop track that sampled heavily from the raw, sludgy analog synthesizers of the Carpenter soundtrack.
Not that you guys give a shit, but I do have to comment on the excellent Foley work done on this film. There's some good use of surround sound in 'Assault', I only wish the script had been better so these foley artists could've REALLY had an opportunity to ply their wares.You could certainly do worse in the film-famine days of Winter. Illogical and brash to the max, the Assault remake is still enjoyable action fare.