16 Blocks (2006) Movie Review

16 Blocks (2006)

Movie Review by Debbie Winkler


Starring: Bruce Willis, Mos Def, David Morse, Jenna Stern, Casey Sander
Director: Richard Donner
Release Date: 3 March 2006
Language: English
Length: 105 minutes
Movie Rating: PG-13
View Format: DVD
My Rating: 3.5/5 stars


“Tasked with escorting chatty prosecution witness Eddie Bunker (rapper and seasoned actor Mos Def) from police custody to a nearby courthouse, aging New York City cop Jack Mosley (Bruce Willis) reluctantly gears up for the 16-block trek. But with powerful forces intent on keeping them from reaching their destination, they’ll be lucky to make it there alive. David Morse co-stars in director Richard Donner‘s action thriller.” — Netflix.com


This is a classic Bruce Willis action thriller movie.  Willis plays a burnt-out cop.  He is a drunk and is the joke of the office.  Of course, he does a great job as he is tailor-made for roles like this one.  This character reminded me a lot of his Die Hard character, the main difference is that in this movie he still has some hair left.  Still, Willis is out there doing what he does best – fighting for the cause against insurmountable odds.  Only this time the villains are cops so he is fighting against the bad guys intermingled with the good guys.  Mos Def plays the punk witness with a long rap sheet who saw a cop kill someone.  His character was likeable, but his voice and mannerisms really bugged me and detracted from my enjoyment of the movie.  He speaks in this really whiny, high-pitched voice and who wants to listen to someone like that for a couple of hours?  David Morse is, of course, a great bad guy.  He really excels at the creepy, friendly threats and was believable in his role as a cop who made some bad choices and felt like he could do anything to justify the results he obtained.

The acting is pretty good and the action is non stop pretty much from the beginning.  You are never quite sure what Willis is going to do next as he is not really the cop that you want on your side in a life-or-death situation.  This movie presents most of the characters as real people.  People who have made some bad choices, but are determined to change their lives anyway.  If you are looking for an crime action movie that is a little bit different, then I think you should give this one a shot.  It is pretty enjoyable and I think it will appeal to almost anyone who likes action movies or just likes to watch Bruce Willis do what he does best.


This movie features dirty cops, corruption, shooting, explosions, some dead bodies, some strong language and a hostage situation.  Recommended for viewers ages 12 and up.

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