Directed by: RICHARD
WILLIS, MOS DEF, DAVID MORSE
Released by: Warner
Short: Bruce Willis scores a big acting
win as a loser cop traveling sixteen New York
City blocks to deliver a witness to a grand
Willis Delivers the Goods
you remember Bruce Willis as the smirking guy from "Moonlighting,"
you missed the smart, interesting choices he's made for
years in projects like "Pulp Fiction," "12
Monkeys," "Nobody's Fool," "The Sixth
Sense," to name just a few. With "16 Blocks”
he cements his position as one of the most interesting
fifty-something actors working in movies today.
Jack Mosley is a banged-up, broken-down, paunchy NYPD
detective, who drinks his breakfast and just goes through
the motions of his job. One fateful morning after working
the graveyard shift, he's sent to pick up a protected
witness to transport him the "16 Blocks" to
the city courthouse downtown. That witness, played by
Mos Def in a quirky, terrific performance, is small-time
criminal Eddie Bunker, who's using his testimony to get
a parole from jail. Of course, there are some very bad
people that don't want Eddie to make it downtown to testify.
And so the tense chase begins, as Jack and Eddie dodge
bullets and bad guys in their journey south.
two odd characters are what set "16 Blocks"
apart from your typical cop thriller. Yes, the film has
a plausible plot and enough action to make fans of the
genre happy, but it goes deeper, exploring the idea of
personal change. Can a middle-aged alcoholic loser actually
shift his fate? And what about a career petty criminal
who wants to start a new life, and open a bakery? Even
the most cynical moviegoer won't be sure of the answers
along the way, or of how this taut tale will play out,
for director Richard Donner (who directed all four "Lethal
Weapon" films, as well as "Maverick") keeps
the audience on the edge and in doubt until the credits
roll. What more could you ask for in the crime thriller