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16 Blocks (2006)

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Critic Consensus: Despite strong performances from Bruce Willis and Mos Def, 16 Blocks is a shopworn entry in the buddy-action genre.

Movie Info

A hard-drinking, hard-living cop assigned the task of transporting a small-time criminal to the nearby courthouse finds that a simple, 16-block drive can be the longest ride of his life in director Richard Donner's urban action thriller. Hung-over, has-been cop Jack Mosley (Bruce Willis) has seen better days, and all that the force expects out of him these days is to stay out of trouble while he's on the clock. Eddie Bunker (Mos Def) is set to testify before a grand jury at 10:00 a.m., and it's up to Mosely to make sure that Bunker makes it to the courthouse in one piece -- a job that Mosely estimates will take a maximum of 15 minutes. A black van has been trailing the pair unnoticed, though, and after stopping off at a nearby liquor store to pick up some breakfast, Mosely emerges from the store just in time to save Eddie from the lethal bullet of a determined assassin. When backup arrives in the form of Detective Frank Nugent (David Morse), Mosely quickly realizes that the detective on Nugent's team is the same cop that Bunker is set to testify against. Now faced with the tough task of dodging bullets and eluding a massive onslaught of corrupt cops, Mosely must keep Bunker alive long enough to get him before the judge and ensure that justice is served. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovimore
Rating: PG-13 (for violence, intense sequences of action, and some strong language)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Richard Wenk
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 13, 2006
Box Office: $36.9M
Runtime:
Warner Bros. - Official Site

Cast

Bruce Willis
as Jack Mosley
Yasiin Bey
as Eddie Bunker
David Morse
as Frank Nugent
Jenna Stern
as Diane Mosley
Casey Sander
as Capt. Gruber
Cylk Cozart
as Jimmy Mulvey
David Zayas
as Robert Torres
Robert Racki
as Jerry Shue
Sasha Roiz
as Kaller
Hechter Ubarry
as Maldonado
Richard Fitzpatrick
as Deputy Commissioner ...
Peter McRobbie
as Mike Sheehan
Mike Keenan
as Ray Fitzpatrick
Tig Fong
as Briggs
Brenda Pressley
as ADA MacDonald
David Sparrow
as Holding Cell Officer
Scott McCord
as Lieutenant Kincaid
Sam Kung
as Chinese Man
Angela Seto
as Chinese Wife
Bernie Henry
as Man With Caddy
Danny Lima
as Russian
Claudio Masciulli
as Dominic Forlini
Efosa Otuomagie
as Bus Driver
Christina Orjalo
as Little Girl On Bus
Richard Wenk
as ADA's Detective
Derek Hoddman
as Carl-EMT
Brian Read
as UPS Delivery Man
Ryan Wulff
as DA's Clerk
Stephen Kahan
as Restaurant Owner
Paul Tuerpé
as Diane's Boyfriend
Cece Neber
as Restaurant Waitress
Jimmy Chong
as Bus Passenger
Betty Chong
as Bus Passenger
Sam Moses
as Bus Passenger
Kathy Imrie
as Bus Passenger
Jason Burke
as Bus Passenger
Tom Wlaschiha
as Bus Passenger
Scott Douglas
as Bus Passenger
Kameron Louangxay
as Communications Tech
Victoria Mitchell
as Woman In Apartment
Rob Weithoff
as Court Officer
Jimmy Campbell
as Court Officer
Richard Collier
as Court Officer
Aaron Ferguson
as Court Officer
Paul L.Q. Lee
as Asian Shop Owner
Heather Dawn
as The Juror
Daryl Dismond
as Man In Suit
James Lavin
as Car Key Detective
Beatriz Yuste
as Subway Commuter
David Talbolt
as Subway Commuter
Toni Ellwand
as Subway Commuter
Rolando Alvarez Giac...
as Subway Commuter
Eduardo Gómez
as Holding Cell Prisone...
Danny Lima
as Russian
Scott Douglas
as Bus Passenger
Victoria Mitchell
as Woman In Apartment
J.D. Nicholsen
as Man In Gray Suit
Mos Def
as Eddie Bunker
Paul Lee
as Asian Shop Owner
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News & Interviews for 16 Blocks

Critic Reviews for 16 Blocks

All Critics (163) | Top Critics (42)

A happier surprise is the smart work of director Richard Donner: 16 Blocks is all jumble and jangle-crowds, snarled traffic, and discordant car horns.

Full Review… | May 12, 2006
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

Clunky, solid, enjoyable.

Full Review… | May 6, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Told in nearly real-time 16 Blocks stops and starts, putting in buffers for decent character moments between Jack and Eddie. It's necessary to understand why they do what they do, but it makes what they're doing occasionally dull.

Full Review… | March 3, 2011
ComingSoon.net

16 Blocks is a good watch thanks to the performances of Bruce Willis and Mos Def.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
Matt's Movie Reviews

B-movie done with shrewd aplomb

Full Review… | August 30, 2009
CinePassion

At its heart, this is actually an excellent film. But, as filmmakers seek to escalate the big action, believability suffers severely.

Full Review… | August 20, 2007
Hollywood Report Card

Audience Reviews for 16 Blocks

½

Broken down, washed up alcoholic police detective Jack Mosley is given the mundane task of escorting a witness 16 blocks from the precinct to the courthouse, and is given about 118 minutes to complete the job. Things don't go as planned, and prove far from easy however, as a legion of crooked cops want the witness dead, and will not stop until that happens.

Essentially this is just a contemporary update of the Eastwood film The Gauntlet, and, despite it being rather generic, formulaic, and predictable, I still enjoyed it, had a good time, and found enough stuff to like to give it a recommendation. I'm giving it an extra half star (basically a barely made it B-) because I dug the character interactions, and appreciated that this wasn't entirely an over-the-top action fest.

Willis is pretty decent as basically an older, more human, more vulnerable, less wisecrackin' John McClane and he conveys the feelings of regret, depression, and being burnt out very well. As the witness Eddie Bunker (named after real life criminal turned actor Edward Bunker) Mos Def is a mumbling motormouth, and he seriously spends almost all of his screentime talking nonstop, and, despite being rather annoying, he didn't come off as grating like the types of characters Chris Tucker plays, and he is also somewhat likeable. David Morse is less developed and fleshed out in his role as Mosley's former partner/the chief antagonist, but he does okay.

The movie is lacking a super strong plot (as far as the specifics and motivations go), but the performances and character interactions are good, the action is fine, and it's never boring. Give it a watch, like as a rainy day boredom sort of thing.

cosmo313
Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

A not-bad but not-good thriller somewhat spoiled by they ultra-annoying Mos Def. Who thought it was a good idea for him to spend the entire movie trying to do an Eric Cartman impression?

stuartb1234
Stuart Brooks

Super Reviewer

I think this movie has been overlooked. Nobody talks about it, when they should be, because for whatever purpose this movie has going for it, it makes it's mark with flying colours!

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

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