16 Blocks


16 Blocks

Critics Consensus

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



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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, Rovi

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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 Wagner
Peter McRobbie
as Mike Sheehan
Mike Keenan
as Ray Fitzpatrick
Tig Fong
as Briggs
Brenda Pressley
as ADA MacDonald
Scott McCord
as Lieutenant Kincaid
David Sparrow
as Holding Cell Officer
Eduardo Gómez
as Holding Cell Prisoner
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 Giacoman
as Subway Commuter
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Audience Reviews for 16 Blocks

  • Apr 10, 2016
    This should have worked as a simple concept thriller but it's just so predictable, which is the result of a screenplay that's way too neat and tidy.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Sep 13, 2015
    A very gripping and entertaining thriller that has a plot that's been used a few times but adds its own twist to it, Some great performances apart from Mos Def who for some reason sounds like he's brain damaged which ruined allot of the films main scenes, Some nice twists and turns and very cleverly wrote even if it feels gritty and clunky sometimes, It's not quite edge of your seat stuff but it's great entertainment and well done.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • Feb 09, 2013
    Richard Donner delivers another thrilling and intense action film with 16 Blocks. A worn-out cop is handed a last minute assignment to escort a witness to the courthouse, but things turn deadly when he learns that the witness is testifying in a police corruption case. Bruce Willis and Mos Def lead the cast and deliver standout performances. And Donner does an excellent job directing, keeping the film fast-paced and full of action. The film also does a good job at using the setting and creating an atmosphere where there's danger around every corner. Full of suspense, 16 Blocks delivers a gritty and riveting film.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 06, 2012
    "16 Blocks" is not a perfect movie. There are sequences in it that go over the top, the narrative is full of holes, and Mos Def's consistent murmuring does get a little annoying from time to time, but that doesn't mean that the film as a whole isn't good entertainment. It's exciting and tense and Richard Donner's direction is spot on. Pedestrian script aside, "16 Blocks" is an enjoyable film.
    Stephen E Super Reviewer

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