16 Blocks

16 Blocks
16 Blocks
  • PG-13
  • 1h 45m
  • 2006
Rotten56%
Common Sense Media Iconage 15+
Bruce Willis stars as NYPD detective Jack Mosley, a cop assigned to drive petty criminal Eddie Bunker to testify. It should be a simple task. It should take 15 minutes. But a routine errand becomes a fight for survival that will change two men forever in 16 blocks. Out of shape, with a bad leg and a serious drinking problem, Jack (Willis--Sin City, The Sixth Sense) has a simple role on the force--clock in, clock out and stay out of trouble in between. When Jack shoves Eddie Bunker (Mos Def--Lackawanna Blues, Monster's Ball) into the back of his car, he doesn't notice the van looming behind them. Jack stops Eddie's execution, killing one assassin, but when Jack calls for backup, homicide detective Frank Nugent (David Morse--Hearts in Atlantis, The Green Mile) is the first to arrive at the scene. Eddie suddenly goes pale--one of the detectives on Nugent's team is the man against whom he is supposed to testify.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

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Rotten56%
Critics Consensus: Despite strong performances from Bruce Willis and Mos Def, 16 Blocks is a shopworn entry in the buddy-action genre.
Reviews
Time Out
Trevor Johnston
Fresh

Clunky, solid, enjoyable.

June 21, 2017
Guardian
Philip French
Fresh

Willis has been playing slight variations on this role for years now, and though the films don't g...

June 21, 2017
BBC.com
Neil Smith
Fresh

Fast-paced, tense and intermittently exciting, Donner's latest will keep genre fans engaged with i...

June 21, 2017
Rolling Stone
Peter Travers
Fresh

Willis and Def -- funny even if he overdoes the whiny shrieking -- are a terrific team.

June 21, 2017
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Common Sense Media

Common Sense Media Iconage 15+
Common Sense Says
Alcoholic cop in action; not for younger kids.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the film includes scenes of explicit violence, involving shooting, explosions, and fistfights, much of it in slow motion to emphasize blood spurting or faces grimacing and initiated by policemen trying to kill a witness to a corrupt cop's case. The protagonist is a severe alcoholic, so he spends much of the first third of the movie drinking, looking for a drink, or showing signs of needing a drink (shaking and coughing, with sickly pallor). Characters use the f-word a couple of times (one muffled), as well as other curse words (s-word, n-word).

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Action, Drama
  • Release Date:March 3, 2006
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
    5.1
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