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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).Read more ›
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...
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.
"16 Blocks" focuses on a down-and-out NYPD detective by the name of Jack Mosley (Bruce Willis), who is assigned the most mundane of tasks to fill up his day. His job is to escort a lowly criminal (Mos Def) from the precinct to the courthouse before the grand jury convenes for the day. Though this may seem a small task, especially since they only have to travel 16 blocks to get from point `A' to point `B', but Jack Mosley is soon discovering that there is more to this assignment and this criminal than meets the eye. Now, both Jack and this criminal are on the run from Jack's fellow police officers, who it just so turns out need to silence this criminal, because he is a key witness in an extortion case against them.
This movie is an incredible ride that grabs you and doesn't let go until the credits roll.Read more ›
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Indeed, Bruce Willis as always is gorgeous! In this Thriller, which was staged by Richard Donner, he plays the role of a drunken police officer. His long career began to decline. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Griffin Garcon
Well paced with excellent character development, several twists in the plot. I thought both Willis and Def gave excellent performances with very strong supporting performances.Published 4 months ago by M. yunque
Another good Bruce Willis movie. You won't regret seeing it.Published 5 months ago by Janece R Greenwood
My boyfriends favorite movie, not easy to find. Now he has it!!!Published 6 months ago by B. Hoover
Once you get past Mos Def's character's annoying voice (he plays a mentally challenged man), this an ok movie surrounding a story of a cop escorting a character witness to court to... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Mars
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