16 Blocks

Bruce Willis does some mighty moustache acting in this one. He grows a big one of those New York cop babies and walks around all drunk as if to display despondency. While his facial hair is mighty, as is his hairpiece, the film around him is sort of a drag. Willis’ cop is told to transport a convict (Mos Def) to court to deliver some testimony. When somebody tries to shoot his ass in transit, dirty cops become the thrust of the story. Willis is weary and, thus, really boring, while Mos Def employs a whiny accent that sounds a lot like the voice Howard Stern used in Private Parts for his “Kill the white man!” joke. Yes, it’s an obscure reference, but I assure you, I’m right on. Richard Donner directs what starts out as a realistic look at a life gone bad, but then things get too nutty to be believed. Oh, did I tell you that the Mos Def character is a baker who wants to someday own his own shop? I think that this was supposed to make him cute and endearing, and perhaps distract us from the mighty Willis moustache. Didn’t work.

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