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16 Blocks Reviews

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March 30, 2018
I watched most of this movie, was walking in and out for the occasional smoke break. I really enjoyed it. I loved the idea of having the trial on the bus, although it did not work out, and I loved how it ended for the most part. There was one not quite feel good moment for me where a guy gets shot (potential bad guy) before he had taken any shots himself. Other than that I generally felt good watching this movie because the characters make smart decisions and are relatable. I still have not seen all the film as I was walking in and out of parts of it (it was on TV, my mom put it in). I think it is definitely worth checking out, and I'd give it 4 stars.
February 1, 2018
I thought 16 Blocks was a great movie and different from usual Bruce Willis stuff. Surprised it didn?t get higher score. I usually liked alternative ending...
Super Reviewer
December 7, 2017
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.
November 21, 2017
This movie is pretty good. However, Mos Def pretty much ruins everything that this movie had going for it with his horrible acting and even more horribly annoying voice! If you can get past that awful sound, then you might enjoy this movie.
September 10, 2017
Trying really hard to enjoy this movie but wtf is up with Mos Def's character?! He's so annoying that I'd want to shoot him let alone saving him.
August 12, 2017
While not as action-packed or smart as one would hope, the talented leads consistently give us drive and a moral compass.
May 7, 2017
Solid Bruce Willis action film has Bruce as a limping over-the-hill detective who finds himself asked to do a favor transporting a prisoner just sixteen blocks to the courthouse. Instead, he finds himself under siege for said sixteen blocks and caught up in a web of criminals, dirty cops, and conspiracies. For as simple and cliched a plot here, the script seemed quite overwrought and a tad too self-serious for what is essentially an update of Clint Eastwood's "The Gauntlet," but despite a weak script, the film is solidly directed by veteran action direction Richard Donner ("Lethal Weapon," "Superman," "Ladyhawke," "The Goonies") and Bruce gives a strong performance as always. Not a classic, but still better than the bombastic 4th and 5th "Die Hard" films.
April 29, 2017
Watchable film. Carried by Willis and Morse interaction alone.
April 1, 2017
not the usual Bruce Willis movie. aliitle disappointed.
February 8, 2017
It's good movie to watch
October 4, 2016
A fairly mundane outing. Nothing special.
September 1, 2016
Kind of like Die Hard but with a lower budget. I'd watch it again.

Very good. Intense.

An old cop is charged with getting a convict witness to court but his own police friends are are against him.
July 27, 2016
Bruce Willis stars in this middle of the road action thriller, with some OK direction, a default story, but an excellent performance by Willis. That being said, Yasiin Bey is absolutely UNBEARABLE in this movie. Holy crap is his performance bad.
July 15, 2016
2016-07-15 Bruce was way better than I expected. Mos Def, kind of annoying.
June 22, 2016
Richard Donner and Bruce Willis have done much better work than what this movie offers. Mos Def is mos annoying.
½ June 21, 2016
Not a Richard Donner fan but I think this is the best movie he ever made. Solid, funny and with a good a message.
Super Reviewer
May 27, 2016
Wow! If you want to watch a thriller about how police corruption can ruin innocent people's lives and how criminals can change their lives this is a great film. Bruce Willis shows he can adapt to any acting style and can play any character. Mos Def is great in this also. He shows his versatility in the entertainment world.
½ April 19, 2016
There are many people who like to say that Bruce Willis has given up and just shows up in films for the pay checks without trying nowadays. I think 16 Blocks makes a decent case to the contrary because he keeps this movie going when the story absolutely falls apart. Now, to be fair, this is a very familiar role for Willis. Once again he plays a washed-up alcoholic police officer who gets himself in deeper than expected. In this movie the dilemma is that he is transporting a federal witness 16 blocks away to the courthouse, but the people he will testify against know he's coming and will try to kill him on the way. The movie is very choppy and disjointed because they keep going into a safe place, getting found, and then running until they can find a safe spot again. There is no natural flow or rhythm to the story, and it seems like things keep happening strictly because the movie needs them to happen. I like some of the revelations that are given along the way, and when there is an action sequence I think they are filmed well. Perhaps my #1 biggest pet peeve with this movie is the painfully bad voice that Mos Def decides to give his character. I don't understand why he felt the need to add that to his performance, but it is like nails on a chalkboard to me. He sounds like someone making a very insensitive imitation of a deaf person's speech pattern. There are elements I like in 16 Blocks, but sadly it didn't have enough of those elements to rise above the average action film.
April 17, 2016
This movie was much better than I anticipated. There is good acting from the main actors. Mos Def's voice gets a little irritating, but he delivers some good acting. The story went in unexpected directions. I thought I new what was going to happen, but I was pleasantly surprised. The movie has a good amount of action, but it is not extremely over the top like some movies.
The movie does kind of drag in some places.
The movie does have an inspirational message at the end, which can apply to almost anyone's life. I enjoyed this movie. It was not as big and flashy as AAA big summer blockbuster, but I enjoyed the story, acting, action, and inspirational message.
April 13, 2016
Donner fantastic Direction,Bruce Wills fair play - role was perfect for him great casting, Mos Def for a role that wills wanted ludacris for; was magic. That accent he used was pretty annoying but played well for the character. 4 stars well deserved
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