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16 Blocks


USA 2006, 105 minutes
Dir. Richard Donner
Genres: Action/Adventure


Aroview: Surprisingly taut and minimalist New York City actioner has downtrodden, booze-addled cop Bruce Willis assigned a fool's errand to transport a trial witness sixteen blocks from jail-cell to courthouse.

Unfortunately it turns out that the rather-irritating witness (Mos Def) is testifying against some of NYPD's finest and that their brief journey is about to be interrupted with a sustained campaign to annihilate him. Despite also having to fight through some obvious genre cliches, dir. Donner (LETHAL WEAPON) mostly revels in the claustrophobic cat-and-mouse plot and both the leads prove strong presences. David Morse weighs in as the imposing, stone-cold leader of the hit squad with badges.

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