"Assault on Precinct 13" is a suspense thriller action movie. The first scene is great, and it pulls you in really quickly. I love it when a movie shows some storyline before they roll the credits. Ethan Hawk is a bit too similar to his "Training Day" character for my taste, but luckily, I enjoyed him very much in that film. Laurence Fisshburne is cold blooded killer casual cool, and I love to see him in just about anything. John Leguizamo and Ja Rule play 3rd rate thugs...Really? Ja Rule? Could have done without him. Maria Bello and Drea De Matteo add some sexiness and also get a little ass-kicking girl power going. Gabriel Byrne plays the bad guy, and his performance is a tad boring as he sort of overdoes the whole, "I'm a professional, I stay cool" thing. There are a few nice twists and aside from the fact that 90 minutes of the movie take place in one building, I was still enthralled throughout.
No personal thoughts on this one, it's not exactly thought provoking cinema, just good popcorn fun. Thought to leave you with if you see it...Who's character is more appealing in this...Maria Bellos' innocent doctor, or Drea De Mateos' sexy tomboy?