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½ June 23, 2015
These reviews... How do you watch this and think Mos Def is mentally impaired. He just has a speech impediment like most New Yorkers. Surprisingly solid movie despite the seemingly odd pairing of Willis and Mos.
June 10, 2015
Bruce Willis at his best.
May 17, 2015
Bruce Willis kicks ass once again.
April 2, 2015
Very very underrated film with top notch acting from the whole cast and I think a very intense thriller.
March 28, 2015
Solid bad-cop movie.
February 17, 2015
A cop must transport a crook 16 blocks. Action happens along the ride there in this fun but familiar action pic.
DrStrangeblog
Super Reviewer
½ February 10, 2015
If you're tired of the repetitive, mindless machinations of modern action films, then here's a modern action film you may want to check out. Without a doubt, it's the most "realistic" action film I've seen in a good long while. People get tired after running through the streets or up flights of stairs. Everyday vehicles are not built like the Batmobile - when they take damage, they respond poorly. Oh yeah, most of all this movie gives this important reminder: bullets hurt. People who get shot are virtually incapacitated, and it doesn't take a barrage of 56 of them to take someone down. Even with these real-world limitations - you know, annoying stuff like actual physics and biology that directors and CGI effects dweebs prefer to ignore in favor of pushing their new rendering progs - Richard Donner has constructed quite a white-knuckle thriller. He's old school, the director of the original Superman and Superman II (which are the only ones that count), and here he's as interested in exploring the personal drama as firing shotguns. Bruce Willis gives one of his best performances as a tired cop filled with inner conflict about who to trust - his prisoner (Mos Def), his partner (David Morse), or his conscience. Mos Def does a remarkable job in turning what at first seems like a sniveling worm with an extremely irritating voice into the most sympathetic character in the movie. Seems to offer a climax or two too many, but still an engrossing and hair-raising ride.
½ January 30, 2015
A tense, effective cop thriller. Bruce Willis plays a lump of a cop who is asked to escort a witness (Mos Def) to court. Problem is that the witness will testify against dirty cops, and those cops want him dead. One quibble is the sappy ending.
January 27, 2015
Your typical Bruce Willis action film. Both Critics and Users got this one right. 3 stars for me. I would have given 3 1/2 stars, but the Eddie Bunker voice was hard to listen to.
January 20, 2015
not his best work, but still an enjoyable movie. Mos Def is the shinning star of the film.
½ January 20, 2015
Great film. Don't understand the critics rating here. Most Def gives a great performance as a small time crook who's testimony could bring down some of New York's finest. Bruce Willis a tired 20 year veteran of the force is tasked with the job of escorting Mos Def's character to testify. A very good movie with non stop excitement from the beginning.
January 17, 2015
Love the movie. Most Def is great in it, minus the voice he chooses to do. Enjoyable movie though.
½ January 3, 2015
Starts strong, but strains credibility pretty early on and it wasn't good enough to offset that. The voice that Mos Def uses is also pretty annoying throughout.
½ December 19, 2014
Richard Donner directs with power and efficiency, and its his talent paired with Wenk's script that brings it to a level beyond your typical buddy cop movie. The performances are fantastic also. Bruce Willis is his usual hardened self, minus the biting sense of humor, but keep your eyes on Mos Def. He's the real star.
½ December 19, 2014
16 Blocks is an entertaining film about a tired and broken police officer played by Bruce Willis. He is escorting an inmate played by Mos Def to a trial where he will testify against illegal things done by police officers. It sounds strange saying illegal things but that is all the film tells us. Its a strong storyline but it missing certain parts that would make it great. We don't know what the police are trying to cover up. It's also unbelievable that the police would create open season in the middle of a public and busy city. Mos Def does very well and exceeded my expectation. It is just missing a few explanations in the story and certain parts were unbelievable.
December 7, 2014
Ok movie but typical Willis movie regarding acting but boring script.
November 30, 2014
I really enjoyed this film. Bruce Wills is good value. It moves along fast, with plenty of action. Nice little story of corrupt cops hits the mark. Well worth the watch.
October 24, 2014
Boring and dirty in all the wrong ways.
½ September 9, 2014
A flawed, but interesting film with nice acting by Willis, Def and Morse.
½ June 29, 2014
Bruce Willis gives a certain awkward performance as the type of character he plays, and the simple premise of the movie soon gets a little drab. But, the high-anxiety action sequences and adrenaline rush a few good scenes provide makes up for the rest of this movie's flaws.
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