16 BlocksMarch 3, 2006
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.
Release Year: 2006
Rating: 6.7/10 (60,033 voted)
Critic's Score: 63/100
Stars: Bruce Willis, Mos Def, David Morse
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…
Det. Jack Mosley
Det. Frank Nugent
Capt. Dan Gruber
Det. Jimmy Mulvey
Det. Robert Torres
Det. Jerry Shue
Deputy Commissioner Wagner
Michael F. Keenan
(as Mike Keenan)
For a New York cop and his witness, the distance between life and death just got very short.
Release Date: 3 March 2006
Filming Locations: Casey's Bar – 613 S. Grand Avenue, Downtown, Los Angeles, California, USA
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $11,855,260
(5 March 2006)
(21 May 2006)
Did You Know?
The film's writer, Richard Wenk, has reported that he originally conceived of the project with himself as writer and director and, before shopping it around to anyone else, first approached Richard Donner because they had a struck up a good relationship when Donner really liked his rewrite of a script for a
Lethal Weapon 4, even though that script was not used. Wenk said that upon hearing his pitch for his new film, Donner "liked it so much that he didn't want me to direct it; he wanted to direct." Wenk tells this story in the documentary about screen writing,
Tales from the Script.
Crew or equipment visible:
Throughout most of the film when the camera is filming two different sets in one take, you can see circular depth of the camera, even more so when it shifts the prospective.
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.
A few hair-pin turns before the 16 blocks are traversed
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."