16 Blocks Review

August 14, 2008 at 6:18 am (Movies)

Before you can say anything, yes I know this is an older movie. I personally don’t believe there’s anything wrong with reviewing older movies. However, I recorded this one with the modern day miracle that is DVR and watched it. 16 Blocks follows the story of Jack (Bruce WIllis, a cop down on his luck and sick of the world, so possessed by grief and regret he barely gets through the day. One day he gets the assignment to escort this prisoner Eddie (Mos Def, Be Kind Rewind) 16 Blocks across the very busy New York so he can testify. As it turns out, Def’s character has a lot of information, and will be testifying and convicting several cops in New York. A lot of Jack’s friends turn out to be the ones coming after him, when Jack decides he’ll take a turn in his life and do the right thing. The movie did a really nice twist in that in the movie it’s just not goons coming after him, it’s his own friends, his ex-partners, which makes the gunplay, although enjoyingly frequent, a lot more personal. Bruce Willis does a great job as the world weary cop and by the end you really care for him and you’re hoping for the best with him. Mos Def does a good job as the prisoner, however most of the time you can’t understand what he’s saying. The movie surprisingly raises a lot of morality questions with whether or not they should kill him, the greater good. The movie just does a great job of combining action that has you on the edge, surprising depth, along with good performances. Overall, I really enjoyed this movie, if you can find it on USA Network or rent it sometime, you wouldn’t be sorry. Now I’ve gotta go watch my recording of The Fugitive.

4 out of 5



  1. nolanator said,

    Will skip this. The Fugitive is really good though.

  2. The James said,

    “I personally don’t believe there’s anything wrong with reviewing older movies. ” – why would anyone believe that there is anything wrong with it?

    sounds good

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