16 Blocks (2006)
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.
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
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
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