16 Blocks

16 Blocks

Richard Donner (2006)

97min
12 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
A burnt-out NYPD detective finally finds his moral courage in this redemptive urban action thriller from director Richard Donner. Sharply scripted and solidly performed, it centres on the mismatched relationship between Bruce Willis's laconic, alcoholic cop and the motormouth criminal (Mos Def) that he's assigned to transport from the lock-up to the courthouse. But a routine 16-block ride turns into a fight for survival, when corrupt fellow officers (headed by a terrifically callous David Morse) try to execute the prisoner to prevent him from testifying against them. The brutal cat-and-mouse struggle that unfolds is like a more believable reworking of Clint Eastwood's The Gauntlet and it's given an exhilarating intensity by Donner's lean direction and gritty visuals. Though the story is simplistic and predictable, its emphasis on fully fleshed-out characters and not just set pieces is emotionally rewarding. Peculiar accent aside, Def's turn is poignant and sweet, while Willis has a weary vulnerability that's equally endearing.

Summary

A burned-out detective is given the task of escorting a criminal to court to testify against a group of corrupt policemen - but what seems to be a routine assignment quickly turns into a deadly game of cat and mouse as the crooked officers try to stop them reaching the courthouse alive. Thriller, starring Bruce Willis, Mos Def, David Morse, Jenna Stern and Casey Sander.

Cast & Crew

Det Jack Mosley Bruce Willis
Eddie Bunker Mos Def
Det Frank Nugent David Morse
Diane Mosley Jenna Stern
Capt Dan Gruber Casey Sander
Det Jimmy Mulvey Cylk Cozart
Det Robert Torres David Zayas
Det Jerry Shue Robert Racki
Director Richard Donner
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Warner BrosGuidance: Violence, swearing.Available on: DVD and Blu-ray
Drama