Becky and I went to see 16 Blocks last night. The Fandango website at 16Blocks describes the movie as follows:
“A veteran New York policeman must escort a witness 16 blocks from a police station to a courthouse, and the pair must navigate through obstacles placed in their path by those who want to keep them from reaching the destination.”
16 Blocks was hyped as an exciting action, thriller with blockbuster star Bruce Willis as the leading man. It’s about a washed out cop who must make a life or death decision between his friends on the force and killing a criminal who can testify against them.
The movie was a drag. Becky actually fell asleep several times and I had to wake her up. It was extremely boring and seemed like a remake of several movies that we’ve all seen before. They might as well have had Bruce say at one point the film, “Go ahead, make my day” or “Do you feel lucky punk? Well, do ya?”. It reminded me of the old Clint Eastwood film “The Gauntlet” where you had the bad cops out to keep a key witness from talking, complete with a shootout on a bus.
There was some chemistry between the Rap Star Mos Def and Bruce Willis, but the guy’s voice was so strange that it became aggravating after a while. I’m surprised that the Director didn’t have him break out in a rap song to add some cheap theatrics.
In the end, Becky thought it was a complete waste of time and I would suggest waiting for the rental rack.
John – ** Rental
Becky – * Don’t Bother
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