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16 Blocks (2006)
Action,Crime,Drama,Thriller
Germany / English
"For a New York cop and his witness, the distance between life and death just got very short. "
An aging cop (Willis) is assigned the ordinary task of escorting a fast-talking witness (Def) from police custody to a courthouse. There are however forces at work trying to stop prevent them from making it.
Bruce Willis Det. Jack Mosley
Mos Def Eddie Bunker
David Morse Det. Frank Nugent
Jenna Stern Diane Mosley
Casey Sander Capt. Dan Gruber
Cylk Cozart Det. Jimmy Mulvey
David Zayas Det. Robert Torres
Robert Racki Det. Jerry Shue
Patrick Garrow Touhey
Sasha Roiz Kaller
Conrad Pla Ortiz
Hechter Ubarry Maldonado
Richard Fitzpatrick Deputy Commissioner Wagner
Peter McRobbie Mike Sheehan
Michael F. Keenan Ray Fitzpatrick (as Mike Keenan)
Director: Richard Donner
Producer: Randall Emmett,Avi Lerner,Arnold Rifkin,John Thompson,Jim Van Wyck
Writer: Richard Wenk
Predictable and clichéd, but mildly entertaining
16 Blocks is the kind of movie you can really only watch once and even at that you'll be correctly guessing what happens next as it goes through loads of familiar developments with a lot of unsubtle foreshadowing. I'm surprised that Richard Donner managed to make a film so tepid.

The rapidly ageing Bruce Willis plays a downbeat, alcoholic cop who is talked into transporting a witness (most definitely Mos Def) to the courthouse to testify against dirty cops. Only those dirty cops make it very difficult for them to make this seemingly simple, short journey.

Since the film runs 102 minutes and they have 118 minutes to get to the courthouse, it's not strictly in real time. But it did very much remind me of Phone Booth in terms of brisk pacing and bustling New York backdrop. A suspension of disbelief is seriously required as a few completely implausible things happen.

I mean, how the hell do the dirty cops constantly manage to catch up with them. Do they have secret homing devices and teleport machines? Why did Willis not shoot any of them in the foot so they couldn't follow? Why didn't he identify himself properly on that bus full of complete moron passengers?

Richard Donner has proved himself a master of action in the past but this PG-13 rated movie is just packed full of jittery, blurred, badly-lit, incomprehensible shoot-outs. A harder nature and bad guys that DID more evil instead of talking about already doing it would have made a better movie.

Rent this. And completely forget about it the minute you switch the DVD player off.

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Seen it:Ja
Nr of disks/tapes:1
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Imdb rating: 6.7
Musician: Klaus Badelt
Running time: 110 min / USA
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