Saturday, October 6, 2012

16 Blocks

Richard Donner really needs to retire. He was one of the great directors of the 70s and 80s, but his flicks from the past 15 years have pretty much sucked balls. 16 Blocks continues that trend. A down-and-out cop (Bruce Willis) is given the simple task of taking a prisoner (Mos Def) to the courthouse that's 16 blocks from the police station. Too bad a dirty cop (David Morse) and his pals want the prisoner dead because he knows about their shady dealings, and wages a small scale war in the streets that pedestrians caught in the crossfire don't seem to notice even though bullets are constantly whizzing past their heads. It's an extremely boring flick, haplessly directed and has a thrown together feeling. As much as I like Mos Def as an actor, he sucks ass here due to the stupid accent he chooses to speak in... he sounds like a hoodrat version of Ed Grimley and it's hard to take someone seriously when they talk like they have a load of poop in their mouth. The first 5 minutes are decent, but everything else after that is either tedious or ridiculously stupid. Avoid it.

 0.5 out of 5

*written 7/23/06

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