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September 3, 2018

16 Blocks (2006) --- "1 Witness...16 Blocks…118 Minutes...Anything Can Happen."

Plot Summary
Boozy and world-weary, NYPD Detective Jack Mosley (Bruce Willis) draws a routine assignment to transport trial witness Eddie Bunker (Mos Def) to the courthouse by 10 a.m. The task quickly becomes a deadly game of cat-and-mouse when some of Jack's fellow officers arrive to kill Eddie so that he cannot testify against them. Jack sees a way to redeem his wasted life by protecting the affable Eddie from the would-be assassins. (1)

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     Directed by Richard Donner (Timeline and Lethal Weapon 4) and starring Bruce Willis (Death Wish and Glass), Yasiin Bey AKA Mos Def (The Italian Job and Begin Again), and David Morse (The Hurt Locker), 16 Blocks is an enjoyable fast-paced action film that explores the world of what a cop, a deadbeat alcoholic one at that, would do when faced with protecting a criminal who is due to testify against the cops trying to kill them. Director Donner did a great job in putting this film together.

After hearing from numerous people that they did not enjoy the film so I was pleasantly surprised when I did enjoy this film. The strongest aspect of this film is the writing from Richard Wenk (The Equalizer). From the beginning, the story takes off and while it is simple the suspense and action keep you on the edge of your seat till the very end. There were moments when the plot seemed very thin but the pacing was good and the story, overall, was interesting.
     The cast was good with more notable performances from Bruce Willis, Mos Def, and David Morse. Bruce Willis plays a sort of typical character as the aging, disheveled, and alcoholic cop Jack Mosley. When we first meet him you don’t expect him to last long or achieve much in the film but once the bullets start flying he comes alive like the man he was from his glory days; he’s still got it. Although we have seen him play this drunk cop before what makes him different is that he is not the hero that John McCain is, rather he has resigned himself to die at any time. Mos Def’s character is good as the criminal turned aspiring baker Eddie Bunker. Since Willis’ character does talk much, Def carries most of the dialogue between the pair, however, there were times when his voice became annoying for being to nasally. As always David Morse was impressive with the steady professionalism that he displays with practically all his performances. He subtle expressions and movements made his character stand out.

     Overall, 16 blocks is a great fast-paced action film with suspense and action at every turn as well as some mild and subtle hints of humor to shed light throughout. The story was the strongest aspects and the character did well with what they were given. If you are a fan of 12 Rounds (2009), The Marine (2006), or even the recent Mile 22 (2018) then you will enjoy this film. I recommend it.

"Days change, seasons change, people don't change."

- Jack Mosley

Final Vote
Worth Seeing:  6.8 of 10 star
Worth Buying:  6.8 of 10 stars

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