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16 Blocks (2006)

 -  Action | Crime | Drama  -  3 March 2006 (USA)
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An aging cop is assigned the ordinary task of escorting a fast-talking witness from police custody to a courthouse. There are however forces at work trying to stop prevent them from making it.

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Jack Mosley, a burnt-out detective, is assigned the unenviable task of transporting a fast-talking convict from jail to a courthouse 16 blocks away. However, along the way he learns that the man is supposed to testify against Mosley's colleagues, and the entire NYPD wants him dead. Mosley must choose between loyalty to his colleagues and protecting the witness, and never has such a short distance seemed so long... Written by Anonymous

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For a New York cop and his witness, the distance between life and death just got very short. See more »


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Rated PG-13 for violence, intense sequences of action, and some strong language | See all certifications »

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$52,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$13,986 (Chile) (24 November 2006)

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$13,986 (Chile) (24 November 2006)
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The empty bottle Jack pulls from his desk drawer near the beginning is a bottle of Gosling's Black Seal Rum, from Bermuda. See more »

Goofs

After the negotiator tosses the "Nextel" phone on the bus, Jack engages in conversation using the hands-free mode. If you look closely, you can see "Nextel" on the display instead of the number/person he is talking to. See more »

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Jack Mosley: [tape recording] This is Detective Jack Mosley, Shield number 227. I guess this will be my last will and testament. This is for Diane. Now, they're gonna come talk to you and they're gonna tell you things. But what they tell you isn't really what happen. So Diane, I think you should know what really happened. I was trying to do a good thing.
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References Bewitched (2005) See more »

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Besame
Written by Ed McCoyd (Spanish translation by Edwin Perez)
Performed by Mystico
Published by Ed McCoyd Music (SESAC)
Courtesy of Blast Music Management
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A few hair-pin turns before the 16 blocks are traversed
4 March 2006 | by (Van Buren, Arkansas) – See all my reviews

This is not a remake of "The Gauntlet," though the theme is a familiar one. There are, in fact, several movies with similar plots; "3:10 to Yuma" and "Narrow Margin" come to mind. A reviewer emailed me that "Midnight Run" not only has a story like "16 Blocks" but Bruce Willis' character Jack Mosley has a name that is a composite of the movie names for two of the leading roles in "Midnight Run": Robert De Niro's Jack Walsh and Yaphet Kotto's FBI Agent Alonzo Mosely. This, of course, may be mere coincidence. Though the story may seem like déjà vu, the action is fast paced making this an exciting film to watch.

Anyone who doubts that Bruce Willis can act needs only watch his standout performance in "Pulp Fiction" to see what depth this actor can bring to a demanding role. The role of Jack Mosely may not be challenging to Willis, but he still gives it all he's got which is plenty. Playing the part of an over the hill New York cop with a game leg, nothing to live for, and a drinking problem seems easy for Willis to make it all believable.

The criminal, Eddie Bunker, Jack must deliver to testify within a certain time frame is played with gusto by hip-hop artist Mos Def. Eddie is the most verbose prisoner ever. He rattles on and on about anything that comes to mind, some of it funny, some of it trite. He also has a riddle that is not answered till near the end of the film.

A standout performance is delivered by David Morse as the leader of the dirty cops, Frank Nugent. Morse is in danger of becoming typecast as a dishonest lawman. I'm hopeful he will become more diversified in his roles since he is such a talented actor.

This is another winner from action director Richard Donner. If you like his other successful concoctions such as the "Lethal Weapon" flicks, "Superman," "Conspiracy Theory," and "The Omen," then you will certainly enjoy "16 Blocks."


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