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16 Blocks [Blu-ray] (2006)

Bruce Willis , Mos Def , Richard Donner  |  PG-13 |  Blu-ray
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  • Actors: Bruce Willis, Mos Def, David Morse, Jenna Stern, Casey Sander
  • Directors: Richard Donner
  • Writers: Richard Wenk
  • Producers: Andreas Thiesmeyer, Arnold Rifkin, Avi Lerner, Boaz Davidson, Brian Read
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: October 10, 2006
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (198 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000IXZ7MA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #103,208 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "16 Blocks [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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Fully recovering from the wretched flop Timeline, director Richard Donner brings seasoned skill to 16 Blocks, a satisfying thriller boosted by intelligent plotting and the stellar pairing of Bruce Willis and Mos Def in quirky, well-written roles. Making the most of minimal dialogue, Willis plays Jack Mosley, a boozy, disillusioned New York City detective who reluctantly accepts an assignment to transport squeaky-voiced chatterbox Eddie Bunker (Mos Def) to a grand jury hearing where he's scheduled to testify against a group of corrupt, drug-dealing cops. They've got two hours to travel 16 blocks, but the dirtiest cop (David Morse) is determined to kill Eddie before he can testify; what he doesn't know is that Jack senses something in Eddie's seemingly innocent, optimistic demeanor that he wants to protect. Working from a tight, twisting screenplay by Richard Wenk, Donner turns familiar material into an efficient potboiler that delivers tense urban action (like Donner's earlier Mel Gibson hit Conspiracy Theory) while leaving plenty of room for Willis and especially Mos Def (in a critically acclaimed performance) to develop their flawed yet admirable characters. 16 Blocks may be a standard-issue thriller in many respects, but as a showcase for its appealing cast, it quickly rises above its generic limitations. --Jeff Shannon

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An aging cop is assigned the ordinary task of escorting a fast-talking witness from police custody to a courthouse. There are however forces at work trying to prevent them from making it.

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Who's downstairs we don't need?" July 30, 2006
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Jack Mosley (Bruce Willis) is an aging, rundown, alcoholic cop who, at this stage of his career, finds himself at the bottom of the totem pole. Thus, he gets saddled with the menial errand of escorting smalltime thief Eddie Bunker (Mos Def) 16 blocks from the precinct to the courthouse, where Eddie will testify in a grand jury. But what begins as a routine assignment for Detective Mosley becomes a desperate bid for survival as the bleary eyed, hung-over cop and his charge find themselves under relentless attack by focused, well-armed assailants intent on making sure Eddie doesn't make it to his court appointment.

16 Blocks is a thinking man's action thriller. Even though, on the surface, it looks like a suspense film, a case could be made for it to be considered a character study picture. Amidst all the frenetic bullets and chase sequences, you'll find many moments of casual interaction, as leisurely enacted by Willis, Mos Def and even Morse. Willis and Mos Def, in their mismatched buddy roles, put in some character acting and have several scenes where they just have conversations (some on point, some non sequitur), in between the chases. Mos Def's motormouth character, in particular, spends an inordinate amount of time just riffing about suits and signs and bakeries.

Bruce Willis continues his recent trend (see Hostage) of portraying jaded, burnt-out cops who end up seizing one last shot at redemption. He excels in playing this type of role: tired, world-weary, kicked-around, maybe even a little corrupt, but, ultimately, someone not to be eff'd with and someone who can be depended upon to doggedly do the right thing (Bruce seriously needs to patent this character).
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26 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars People Can Change March 7, 2006
Veteran director Richard Donner (the first and best "Superman" and "Lethal Weapon") does an excellent job of moving things along in regards to the plot as well as crisply addressing the psychological, moral and social implications of his characters actions in the terrific "16 Blocks." And it helps tremendously to have Bruce Willis and Mos Def in the leading roles.

Willis: gutted, disheveled, disgusted with life and his job as an NYC detective, Jack Mosley... swigging out of a 5th of Canadian Club at 8 AM, limping from an injured leg, looking and acting every bit as a man who has given up on life and waiting for retirement so he can put a bullet through his head. But there is a lot more going on in Jack's head and Willis is very much up to the task of giving him a truthful inner life that both grates on your nerves as well as touches your heart.

Though hampered by a cartoon character voice, the excellent Mos Def gives small time crook Eddie Bunker emotional weight and depth. Eddie's motto? "People can change" ...a mantra that will resonate all through this film.

Donner has tackled some weighty emotional and social issues here: redemption by way of the truth, save a life and that life becomes your responsibility...themes not usually associated with this type of police action picture. In fact"16 Blocks" reminds me very much of Sidney Lumet's sublime "The Verdict" in its juxtaposition of the casualties of basic human nature and its failings and the morality or lack thereof of Justice.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Gauntlet Remade ...But Still Watchable July 1, 2006
Format:DVD
Resting heavily on the shoulders of THE GAUNTLET (Clint Eastwood, 1977), 16 BLOCKS gives us a standard Bruce Willis action film and does so admirably. Not overly so, but a positive nod is deserved.

Jack Mosley (Willis) is an old, alcoholic cop who's always done "the right thing" for his department. And now he's assigned to take a fast-talking thug named Eddie (rapper Mos Def) just 16 blocks for a court appearance. Trouble is, though, Eddie is scheduled to testify against some crooked cops who live and breath right in Jack's backyard. Jack is unaware of this and soon discovers he's got much more than just a simple escort job on his hands. People (cops mainly) are trying to kill Eddie. Jack quickly has to make a decision: protect Eddie and "do the right moral thing," or let his fellow brethren have their way with him and "do the right thing for the department."

Willis plays the aging cop well. He grumbles and drinks and generally hates what he does. The dirty New York offices and streets were shot well and gave an overall sense of the uncleanliness of Jack's life (including his past, which comes up toward the end of the film).

Mos Def plays the irritating convict and his grating voice bugged the crap out of me. He sounded very nasal and whiney but, in contrast, this added a strange upbeat quality to a film that could've gotten too dark.

I also like the fact that Willis isn't trying to play the "young stud" anymore on film. He's getting older and I'm happy to see him in roles befitting his age.

The alternate endings on the DVD are worth watching, too. Personally, I would've gone with an alternate ending rather than the one seen in theaters. But maybe that's just me...
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 16 Blocks July 3, 2006
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"16 Blocks" is directed by Richard Donner, who helmed the "Lethal Weapon" movies (I know he did the first one for sure) and has, essentially, a story you've seen before. People on the run from something and have to be somewhere by a certain time, everything holds them up and they eventually pull through. While "16 Blocks" runs slightly different then that, it's basically what I said. Turns out though it's one of the most entertaining, funny, and smart action films I've seen this year thus far. In another role as a down-and-out cop, Bruce Willis is spectacular. He catches the tiredness perfectly. Willis plays Jack Mosley, a drunken detective who mopes around and seems like he's ready to retire. As he's leaving the station, his lieutenant tells him he has to pick up a petty criminal and drive him 16 blocks to court, the guy who was supposed to drive him apparently got held up. The guy is Eddie Bunker

(Mos Def, 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy"), who is testifying against a bunch of crooked cops. After two hitmen fail to kill Eddie and Jack finds out that the cops are involved, they begin to run. Heading the chase after them is Detective Frank Nugent (the always spectacular David Morse, 'The Green Mile'), an ex-partner of Jack's. As I said, the movie is very entertaining. There's a scene in the film that takes place in a bus that's reminiscent of "Dog Day Afternoon" and at this same scene, the movie momentarily loses it's footing; but quickly regains it. Looking beyond the story, the performances are great too. Mos Def puts on a Mike Tyson voice for some reason, but manages to deliver a charming performance; Willis is playing a character he played in "Sin City" but he's still great; and David Morse is always great. As for the (actual) ending...It's smart, surprising, and redeeming. The alternate ending is good, but it was a good choice that they didn't put it in the movie.

GRADE: A
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4.0 out of 5 stars Corruption, Action, Empathy and Redemption
This is a movie that tells a story of corruption and redemption in a setting of tension and drama, it also deliberately takes time to slow down and examine the characters and their... Read more
Published 6 hours ago by David Bower
5.0 out of 5 stars I love Mos Def
I love Mos Def. That's why I bought the movie. I had just repeated a watch of Something the Lord Made & remembered Mos Def was in 16 Blocks as well. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Sandy L. Beyer
2.0 out of 5 stars I absolutely love the movie
Hi,
I absolutely love the movie!
Maybe one of my favs with Bruce Willis.
I will be watching it over & over.
Thank you again for your terrific customer service.
Published 6 days ago by Dave Huiras
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved it!
Published 17 days ago by cindy alvarez
5.0 out of 5 stars 2 thumbs up.
I love this movie. It is one of the few Bruce Willis movies that I like. David Morse was a seriously good bad guy.
Published 20 days ago by conniemm
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
Bruce Willis and Mos Def were a great duo! Great watch!! I'm adding it to my library so I can watch it over and over again!
Published 1 month ago by FREDIA
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than expected
Character development at its best. Bruce Willis shows that he can inspire as well has he can blow things up!
Published 2 months ago by Reason and Faith
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy Birthday Jack
Love Bruce Willis, and this movie is full on action and creative acting on all the star parts. Ordered three movies and 16 Blocks was the first one I opened.
Published 4 months ago by Mattie Gibson
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this film
This movie starts of slow & as it moves forward, you really get in in depth feel for each character + the story is really cool. Mos Def's character is great.
Published 5 months ago by Crazy_Dizzle
4.0 out of 5 stars MOS DEF A Good Film
Gripping action from the old Bruce Willis we all knew and loved. Before he did every movie that came along! Read more
Published 5 months ago by Ian Sayre
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