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16 Blocks (Combo HD DVD and Standard DVD) (2006)

Bruce Willis , Mos Def , Richard Donner  |  PG-13 |  HD DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (191 customer reviews)

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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: Color, Closed-captioned, Dolby, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: June 13, 2006
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (191 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000G6BQJC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #359,297 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "16 Blocks (Combo HD DVD and Standard DVD)" on IMDb

Editorial Reviews

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.

DVD Features:
Alternate endings
Deleted Scenes
Theatrical Trailer
Alternate endings:Includes shocking alternate ending not shown in theaters
Deleted Scenes:with Commentary by director Richard Donner and writer Richard Wenk
Theatrical Trailer


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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
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
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
Format:DVD
"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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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 19 days 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 1 month 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 1 month ago by Ian Sayre
4.0 out of 5 stars Good movie!
I really enjoyed this movie. Surpirsed by Mos Def-he was amazing in this...great acting skills and Bruce never fails to deliver.
Published 2 months ago by Shannon Stevens
4.0 out of 5 stars Good movies with some twists
Bruce Willis does an excellent job playing a burned out old cop with a drinking problem but he's still got some decency left in him and some surprises.
Published 2 months ago by T. Wilcoxson
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this movie!
Mos Def and Bruce Willis worked well together. I thought they did an excellent job bringing the characters Eddie Bunker and Jack Mosely to life!!
Published 3 months ago by Masasha Boyd
5.0 out of 5 stars great for the days you feel sad
I watch this dvd whenever I am sad, having health problems, need a laugh, and need to feel as though the world is being taken care of in a light way.
Published 3 months ago by Regina Vitolo
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie!
16 Blocks is one of those movies you can watch over and over. It is very well done. Bruce Willis is playing a character which is a little different from his other screen heroes,... Read more
Published 4 months ago by E. Borgman
5.0 out of 5 stars I really love this movie
I really love this movie. The theme is people can change. And while there are plenty of people that don't change... there are plenty of people that do change.
Published 5 months ago by David J Cavallero
5.0 out of 5 stars Comparison is important!
Ever a fan of Bruce Willis, but the real actor in "16 Blocks" is Mos Def. He WAS 'Eddy' just as he was Vivian Thomas in "Something The Lord Has Made". Read more
Published 6 months ago by G. Sitton
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