16 Blocks is a character-driven action thriller that stars Bruce Willis as Jack Mosley, a broken down NY detective assigned to escort a petty criminal (Mos Def) from the precinct to the courthouse. The seemingly simple 16 block journey becomes a test of character for them when Jackís ex-partners attempt to stop them. Itís the story of how two men change each other during a tense 110-minute struggle between life and death.
Anyone else have the words Die Hard 3 flashing on and off in their head?
16 Blocks is Richard Donnerís chance at redemption, or maybe itíd be better to call it his last chance to return to relevancy. Once one of the premier directors in Hollywood, 76-year-old Donner hasnít made anything worth noticing since Maverick back in 1994. Heís been making movies, theyíre just not noteworthy, except those which are noteworthy for their badness.
Itíll be tough forgiving the man who forced Timeline upon us, but Donner was great once and if he can return to form Iím willing to forget his past transgressions against cinema. 16 Blocks is loaded with potential as a taut, small-scale little thriller, and though Bruce Willis is a known quality commodity, Mos Def has quietly been proving himself as a capable actor.
Keep an eye out for 16 Blocks. As Bruce Willisís Hostage was last year, this could be one of 2006ís early surprises.
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MPAA Rating: [ Not Yet Rated ]
Distributor: Warner Bros.
Release Date: March 3, 2006
Starring: Bruce Willis (Jack Mosley), Mos Def (Eddie Bunker), David Morse (Frank Nugent)
Directed by: Richard Donner
Produced by: Avi Lerner, Randall Emmett, Arnold Rifkin, John Thompson, Jim Van Wyck
Written by: Richar Wenk
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