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With only a few hours left in the calendar year, Precinct 13, one of Detroit's oldest precinct houses, is closing. Amid heavy snowfall and unsafe road conditions, only a few lawmen remain on duty for New Year's Eve. They are headed by Sergeant Jake Roenick (Ethan Hawke), a good cop wrestling with bad memories of a fatal undercover op from the previous spring. Early on December 31st, formidable crime lord Marion Bishop (Laurence Fishburne) is cornered by an undercover cop. Their ensuing struggle leaves the cop dead, but Bishop captured by the Organized Crime and Racketeering squad run by Marcus Duval (Gabriel Byrne).

Bishop is loaded on a bus with other criminals, but the battering snowstorm stops the bus well short of its high security destination. They prisoners are instead stranded at remote and rundown Precinct 13 where they're temporarily incarcerated. When two masked gunmen break in and attack the guards from the bus, everyone inside Precinct 13 realizes that more will come to extract Bishop. With minimal weaponry and maximum courage, they will not go gently into the night, and the thin lines between good and bad bleed together.


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