Kurt McKee

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Hey there! This article was written in 2006.

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16 Blocks (2006)

Posted 4 July 2006 in movie, name:BruceWillis, and name:MosDef

And with this entry, I hereby christen a category: Reviews. This entry similarly marks a deliberate attack on the market share of Empty Bookshelf Reviews. Cheers, fellows.

16 Blocks (2006)

Bruce Willis and Mos Def star in a gripping drama revolving around a down-and- out alcoholic cop who is tasked with delivering some nobody to a courtroom before 10:00a. Bad news, Bruce: there's a price on Nobody's head.

I would have to say that this movie was well-acted and well-directed. Willis is immediately repulsive, the worst and most unreliable cop you can imagine. Mos Def is nerve-grating throughout; his character prattles on and on, demanding your attention because of his insufferable accent, and slapping you in the face for listening to his incessant chatter. Together, the two struggle through the movie, winning your heart the entire way through.

"16 Blocks" gets 4 stars out of 5. After a roller coaster of harrowing confrontations and dramatic escapes, I connected with the characters, and got a little moist in the eyes at the redemption-coated ending. It loses an entire star because Willis' character is able to shake the bad guys despite a hangover, and then somehow shakes the hangover as well in a matter of minutes. His inexplicable ability to out-think his multiple sober aggressors confounds logic.

(Dan, I expect to see subtle, personal affronts in the comments for stealing your audience. Also: my grammar, punctuation, and self-important vocabulary.)