16 Blocks (2006)

16-blocks“Everyday is someone’s birthday.” – Eddie Bunker

Number of Times Seen – 2 (22 Apr 2008 and 10 Oct 2016)

Brief Synopsis – A detective is tasked with transporting a witness to a grand jury hearing while trying to evade the dirty cops trying to stop them from reaching their destination.

My Take on it – I saw this film about a decade ago and it really wasn’t one of my favorite Bruce Willis films.

Since I had the urge for a Willis kind of action film, I decided to give this one another shot.

Unfortunately, it really just feels like a bad video game rather than an action movie.

The idea to try and move two characters a short distance from Point A to Point B is not a new one, but the way this was done was actually quite comical.

Willis seems too tired and just phones it in here and gives an adequate performance since this character is quite similar to numerous other roles he has played over the years.

Mos Def should stick to rapping instead of acting.  He plays this character in a very silly way and just stumbles and mumbles along the whole way.

If I was Willis’ character, I probably woulda let the bad guys kill him because he was so annoying for the entire one hundred minutes of this film.

I think the mistake was to make this a movie instead of a video game.  perhaps if that had done it that way originally, things would have been more interesting.

Bottom Line – Feels too much like a bad video game than a movie. Willis seems too tired here to care about the plot and things just take their course. Def Mos seems way out of his league here and stumbles and mumbles along for one hundred minutes. On second thought, this might have been much better as a video game instead of a film.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Yasiin Bey’s character has the name “Edward Bunker”. Edward Bunker is a real life criminal turned actor (thus proving that people can change, in line with the theme of the movie), who appeared in Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs (1992) and in Runaway Train (1985), which he also co-wrote. When he was sent to prison, Bunker was the youngest man there. (From IMDB)

Rating – Razzie Worthy


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