The Assault Release Date:1996 Genre: Action | Thriller Director(s): Jim Wynorski (Gale Force, Curse of the Komodo) Writer(s): Steve Jankowski (Demolition University) & Melissa Brasselle Starring: Melissa Brasselle, Matt McCoy, Stacie Randall A reviewer on IMDb summed up The Assault best. It’s “fast-paced, enjoyable nonsense” that does an amicable job of ripping off Assault on […]

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The Assault
Release Date:1996
Genre: Action | Thriller
Director(s): Jim Wynorski (Gale Force, Curse of the Komodo)
Writer(s): Steve Jankowski (Demolition University) & Melissa Brasselle
Starring: Melissa Brasselle, Matt McCoy, Stacie Randall

A reviewer on IMDb summed up The Assault best. It’s “fast-paced, enjoyable nonsense” that does an amicable job of ripping off Assault on Precinct 13.

One of the action films Jim directed before stock footage became a necessary evil, The Assault answers that often-proposed question of what would happen if an over-the-top villain wanted a group abused women, a handyman (McCoy), and a hard assed female detective (Randall), who are trapped in a shelter in the middle of nowhere, dead. The promise of death comes after the newest addition to the shelter, battered wife Lisa, witnesses the crime boss murdering her drug-addicted husband.

The Assault would not have worked so well if Jim Wynorski didn’t load the film up with extras dressed as gang members. There are probably over a hundred of them, and these women (and McCoy) proceed to overcome the odds and blow them all away. Sure it’s stupid, but it’s perversely entertaining in the way only a true b-movie can be.

You gotta love some of the random weirdness that is present in The Assault. I don’t know if the script was sloppy or if things got chopped up in editing, but after a sequence where several of the thugs get killed, the antagonist screams out, “They got Juan!” I honestly do not remember this character ever being addressed by name, nor is he ever developed as anything more than a common henchman. Plus, an elongated bomb countdown comes courtesy of a microwave. How can you not love that?
Nothing terrible. Silly, yes, but still quite good.

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