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16 Blocks (2006)
People Do Change!
I started watching this movie with high expectations because of its three star TV rating. Things didn't look so good when my believability factor meter started heading south. Add in the fact that Mos Def was quite annoying and I began to wonder how the movie got such good ratings.
I realized early enough that I would have to put reality aside for this movie and just enjoy the ride. I was amazed at how Bruce Willis was transformed into such a miserable shell of a character on screen. Mos Def's character eventually grew on me and actually became lovable.
"16 Blocks" turned out to be a good movie with a great message - You can rise above adversity in life and become successful. I remember reading about the late Recording Artist Barry White as a kid and how he was once a gang member before he turned his life around and his talent was allowed to shine through.
The successful, feel good ending and the closing credits with Barry White singing brought a tear to my eye and sent chills up my spine. That is why this film makes my all-time favorites list.