Movies: Seed of Chucky, Assault on Precinct 13

April 2, 2005 at 3:04 AM (General)

I managed to get Seed of Chucky and Assault on Precinct 13 on CD yesterday.  Now these are two movies I wanted to watch for a long time, but I was not able to do so in Manipal.  Therefore I was quite pleased to get the CDs.  I watched Seed of Chucky yesterday and Assault on Precinct 13 today.

I had positive expectations about both movies because of reviews that I’d read, and both films in fact met or exceeded my expectations!

Seed of Chucky is set in Hollywood, where a film is being made about Chucky and Tiffany, the infamous killer dolls from the previous movies.  The previous movie ended with the titular offspring of the two dolls being born — this child is now six years old and is performing in a circus as a ventriloquist’s dummy.  When he sees TV reports about his "parents", he gets to Hollywood and inadvertently resurrects their souls into the puppets used in the film.  Lots of chaos follows as Chucky and Tiffany continue their killing spree, though Tiffany wants to set a good example for their child.  The dolls also plan to take over the bodies of Jennifer Tilly and Redman (playing themselves).  The fifth in the Child’s Play series in my opinion is even better than the previous Bride of Chucky, and is very creatively made.  Writer-director Don Mancini puts in lots of clever dialogue, inventive doll mayhem and let’s not forget, plenty of dark and dirty humour.  Once again, Brad Dourif outdoes himself as the voice of Chucky, Tiffany is superbly voiced by Jennifer Tilly, and the doll effects are brilliantly realised.  One of the best scenes in the movie is the one where Chucky drives Britney Spears’ car off the road.  The car explodes, and Chucky says "Oops, I did it again!"

Assault on Precinct 13 is a remake of the 1976 film by John Carpenter (which I haven’t had the fortune to see).  The present film stars Ethan Hawke as Sgt. Jake Roenick, one of three people in Police Precinct 13 on New Year’s Eve.  It’s a dark and stormy night, and the precinct is going to be closed down.  As luck would have it, a bus transporting criminals — including the gangster Marion Bishop (Laurence Fishburne) — is forced to stop at the precinct due to the weather.  The criminals are brought inside the police station.  Soon, the station is surrounded by masked people armed to the teeth.  At first, the cops think that they’re all Bishop’s men wanting to break him out, but it turns out that they’re dirty cops — led by Marcus Duvall (Gabriel Byrne) — who are afraid that their corrupt activities would be discovered.  So they want Bishop and everyone else inside dead.  What follows is an intense standoff between the two groups over the night.  This remake is directed by Jean-Francois Richet and is a taut thriller.  Apparently even John Carpenter liked the remake.

Oh and the April Fool’s joke at was great.


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