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16 Blocks

2006
Drama
Suspense/Thriller
1h 42m
The story of how two men change -- and change each other -- during a tense 16 block struggle between life and death. (Warner Bros.)
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16 Blocks

2006
Drama
Suspense/Thriller
1h 42m
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Rated 15 May 2019
65
48th
Mos Def sounds like my soul feels. Why my soul feels like its nuts are in a vice is anyone's guess.
Rated 11 Oct 2020
87
78th
First rate action thriller brings depth and resonance to a simple high concept with its particulars - Willis as a broken soul has rarely been better; Def/Bey starts masked as a tamped down Chris Tucker clone, gradually revealing a scared and traumatised face, and Morse plays the slimeball heavy to perfection. A reminder that Donner (in what's likely his swansong) can capture the claustrophobic feel of urban violence better than most directors. Minor in-the-moment implausibilities are forgivable.
Rated 08 Jul 2007
3
61st
Mos Def is pretty funny and Bruce Willis plays a fairly convincing "washed-up cop," but the film is far from memorable.
Rated 20 Jul 2007
49
45th
Expendable, forgettable action flick. I saw it because I really like Mos Def. Meh.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
80
68th
Bruce Willis as a down on his luck cop with a black sidekick? No way!
Rated 08 Oct 2007
70
61st
Cliche, but it is worthwhile. Not thrilled. No brand, but fun.
Rated 25 Jan 2008
52
31st
Pretty much just a run of the mill thriller. There's nothing groundbreaking about it in any way, shape or form. Bruce Willis is good enough but Mos Def is... well his character's mannerisms are just quite annoying. There's just nothing great about it but there's nothing bad about it either.
Rated 24 Feb 2008
51
6th
Saw it on a plane, and couldn't wait for it to land. MosDef please stick to music if these are the roles you are going to take.
Rated 25 Jul 2008
0
4th
Has a certain amount of potential, but it wastes it. The downplayed action adds realism, but it also adds boredom. The constant talking gets really annoying, particularly when Mos Def is doing 90% of it, and playing the most annoying character of all time. It has some good ideas, but it winds up discarding them in favor of becoming an incredibly regular and mediocre film. This film is actually completely unnecessary.
Rated 18 Nov 2008
85
72nd
Bruce Willis finally acts!
Rated 24 Jul 2011
54
59th
Makes me wonder if Mos Def's name is actually short for 'mostly deaf,' which is what I was after having to listen to his whiny voice for 90 minutes. Protip for those considering stealing a city bus: they don't handle as easily as Richard Donner would have you believe.
Rated 30 Dec 2006
87
53rd
mos def was stellar, he played a tough role which is a total opposite of who he really is.
Rated 03 Feb 2007
80
60th
Mos Def can act!
Rated 24 Feb 2007
75
71st
Middle-aged, world weary, alcoholic cop escorting a younger, louder, black witness topped off with a corrupt police force. Not going to win any prizes for originality but it performs the old tricks very well. A chase movie which plays out at a leisurely pace and is supported by good performances from Willis, Morse and Mos Def just steals the show as the annoying motormouth Eddie.
Rated 01 Mar 2007
77
48th
A lot better than most people say. Bruce is great as usual, and mos def is getting better as an actor. Not great, but definitely good.
Rated 02 Mar 2007
60
62nd
Good film which is somewhat the same story as an old Clint Eastwood film called The Gauntlet.Worth a watch.
Rated 25 Mar 2007
98
97th
A superb example of what we all should do - no matter what the situation, act according to the universal ethical principle. That is, figure out what is the right thing to do, then do it.
Rated 25 Mar 2007
61
29th
I like Mos Def. Thought he did a great job in his performance. The movie didn't necessarily work out the way I had hoped, but it served a role filling up a boring Saturday afternoon.
Rated 10 Apr 2007
78
50th
Like Die Hard in a city amirite!!!!!1 lolol Seriously, this was a pretty good movie. Nice to see Willis kicking some ass.
Rated 18 May 2007
40
15th
They made the trip of 16 blocks seem like 16 hours...
Rated 26 May 2007
45
24th
Nice try.
Rated 15 Jun 2007
70
47th
Interesting predictable flick... Bruce playing the underdog as usual.
Rated 27 Jul 2007
72
40th
A decent popcorn flick if you enjoy Bruce Willis and action-type movies.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
85
69th
Bruce Willis is my hero! (Mos Def is badass too). Non-stop action, twists and turns you barely saw coming, that's 2 hours of my time well spent.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
60
14th
Lame.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
45
35th
Forgettable star vehicle. Mos Def slums.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
81
71st
Thought this was a pretty cool premise for a movie and I love Bruce Willis.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
70
42nd
Starts out kind of slow but gets better as the action increases.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
52
23rd
16 Blocks, just like those in the movie, might seem like a slam-dunk, but wrong turns lead this potentially nifty thriller too far astray to make it to its destination in good order.
Rated 19 Aug 2007
52
49th
Kinda not worth it
Rated 14 Sep 2007
25
0th
I watched the first 20 minutes of this film before I promptly ripped it out of my DVD player. For those of you who watched it - I can only hope it got better towards the end.
Rated 15 Sep 2007
50
22nd
Not bad, but not good either. It's all very plain.
Rated 12 Oct 2007
60
50th
GOOD
Rated 15 Oct 2007
28
7th
I like Bruce Willis and I like Mos Def, but - take note, movie executives - that doesn't mean I'm necessarily going to like this incredibly humdrum thriller in which Bruce looks 130 years old and Mos plays a panicky helium-voiced wannabe confectioner.
Rated 12 Jan 2008
59
32nd
A bit black and white, a bit predictable, very hollywood, but an OK film. Bruce Willis is pretty good and even though I can see how Mos Def's character might anoy the crap out of some people he's not all that bad eighter. Solid entertainment for a boring night.
Rated 09 Feb 2008
70
46th
I suppose it's entertaining in the moment, but who wants to see Bruce Willis as a tired old man?
Rated 26 Feb 2008
60
25th
Move along, nothing to see here.
Rated 15 Mar 2008
66
52nd
A taut and mostly intelligent thriller about doing the right thing. Willis packed on some pounds for the role: he's looking and acting his age, in one of the better performances he's given in a while. Mos Def's Eddie is at times annoying, but he grows on you as the film progresses. Perhaps the irritation was intentional. The story is fairly cliche, and you won't take anything away from watching it, but I had a good time. It's a well-made movie, and a good director can make a world of difference.
Rated 18 Mar 2008
30
28th
Mos Def is annoying
Rated 19 Mar 2008
64
19th
Mos Def(?) is great in this movie, he shows some real good chops. Bruce Willis as always is great.
Rated 30 Apr 2008
65
10th
Like a little worm, but not as disgusting and undergroundy.
Rated 14 Jul 2008
65
48th
It's not great, but it's a fun viewing for a rainy day.
Rated 18 Nov 2008
40
14th
Very annoying acting by Mos Def
Rated 28 Nov 2008
56
59th
okay
Rated 15 Jan 2009
70
28th
good see it!
Rated 17 Jan 2009
83
71st
This one should actually get a little more respect, it wasn't bad at all.
Rated 26 Jan 2009
70
54th
Unterrated Willis movie.
Rated 11 Feb 2009
63
40th
You don't know Yu-Gi-Oh!?
Rated 27 Feb 2009
58
50th
A bit slow, but Willis performace is completely diffent to everything he's done before.
Rated 13 Apr 2009
3
40th
"A solid, bare-knuckle action-thriller that avoids most of the genre clichés and boasts a commendably dishevelled performance from Willis."
Rated 14 Apr 2009
65
17th
Stumbles into mediocrity towards the end, but the stuff beforehand build up some great tension.
Rated 28 Apr 2009
58
13th
Pretty standard action fare.
Rated 04 May 2009
70
31st
Standard Bruce Willis movie. Nothing special. If you're looking for a little action and not much else, watch it.
Rated 18 Jun 2009
88
91st
I was shocked this one held my attention so long. The storie's been done before (think "The Gauntlet" on a smaller scale) but under Richard Donner's direction this one smokes. Can't help but like Mos Def after this one.
Rated 04 Jul 2009
73
49th
Nothing special, but it is moderately exciting and it features two very good lead performances.
Rated 19 Jul 2009
70
7th
Watched it on a plane, all I remember is Bruce Willis's mustache, decent action, and a questionable ending.
Rated 25 Jul 2009
82
23rd
a touching story about redemption and doing the right thing, rolled up into a pretty decent thriller. mos def and bruce willis play off each other very well. david morse also does a very good job at being the creepy bad guy.
Rated 17 Aug 2009
22
28th
Pretty mediocre. Feels too much like other movies in this genre. I much prefer Mos Def in a Hitchhiker's Guide role =)
Rated 24 Aug 2009
60
36th
Actually not a bad movie....I was a little cautious because I'm not a big Bruce Willis fan, but he does quite well. Fairly fast paced, with some moments of high tension. I enjoyed it. Good to see Bruce playing someone his own age........
Rated 12 Oct 2009
67
22nd
16 Blocks just screams straight to DVD but it actually proves to be a surprisingly enjoyable watch. Bruce Willis demonstrates his rarely seen acting skills as the tired underdog battling with his loyalties and morality alongside Mos Def, who despite his remarkably annoying voice, puts in a decent performance in the cliched role of an unjustly treated black con. A decent mix of action, smart twists and drama. Far from spectacular but a solid crime thriller.
Rated 26 Nov 2009
66
20th
Decent unofficial remake of The Gauntlet.
Rated 04 Dec 2009
65
27th
Typical action fare.
Rated 29 Dec 2009
75
44th
I really enjoyed this movie and have watched it a few times. Mos Def and Bruce work well together and I expected much less from Mos Def, so it was cool to see him actually play the part so well.
Rated 08 Feb 2010
53
20th
Mos Def annoys everyone watching in this dull, plodding adventure no one cares about.
Rated 06 Mar 2010
30
13th
Dear lord
Rated 21 Mar 2010
65
39th
Far more endearing than your average Bruce Willis flick, this is definitely worth at least one viewing. Mos Def is actually pretty good, playing the strings of comedy and tragedy with surprising aptitude and balance.
Rated 06 May 2010
81
26th
Easily to miss. As average as it gets. Not bad, nothing speciel either.
Rated 08 May 2010
45
38th
The first 20 minutes is made with some intelligence, but overall the movie is bland and dull.
Rated 15 Jul 2010
70
44th
cliche but entertaining
Rated 26 Jul 2010
55
21st
A formulaic little thriller about a veteran cop who is back in action when he meets a good-hearted black prisoner, played by Mos Def. Richard Donner's "13 Blocks" manages to be quite exciting, despite the clichéd premise and evolution and it also features a great lead performance by Bruce Willis, a veteran action flick actor himself.
Rated 25 Nov 2010
20
41st
"The film kicks and lurches like a dying jalopy, undermining the otherwise lean efficiency with which Donner steers his metropolitan odyssey." - Nick Schager
Rated 12 Mar 2011
60
14th
Not much good about it. Would give it lower, but there's a hint of morality.
Rated 23 Mar 2011
71
60th
Donner directed the "Lethal Weapon" series, so he knows how to keep things moving.
Rated 27 Jun 2011
37
28th
I liked the Yu-Gi-Oh part also. There was some exciting parts, but the story was dumb.
Rated 13 Aug 2011
45
36th
The excellent high concept premise and the standard-but-ok action scenes are all but undone by a ludicrous plot involving the most evil, gun tootin' police corps in the world, and the otherwise great Mos Def, forced into going full retard.
Rated 28 Sep 2011
30
6th
Screenwriting tip: when writing a thriller, use more than one type of twist.
Rated 20 Nov 2011
60
36th
An enjoyable, if not predictable little thriller that has flown under many people's radar. Mos Def deserves credit for playing a character who is very annoying and yet getting the audience to like him relatively quickly. Willis is ok, seems to be mailing it in mostly. It's not something I would necessarily recommend people to see, but if they asked me specifically if it was worth a watch I'd probably say yes.
Rated 19 Apr 2012
66
18th
What ever happened to the great Richard Donner. He was the one of the biggest names in directing in the 80's , but faded into obscurity with mediocre attempts at cinema ( see Timeline, Assassins). Again , tho not a bad movie , it fails to deliver on almost everything it promises. Almost no action, hardly any good acting. Script and story bland and predictable. Cmon Mr. Donner, you can choose better scripts than this? Or maybe hes just getting old.
Rated 30 Apr 2012
59
26th
58.500
Rated 06 Jun 2012
95
84th
OUTSTANDING!! BRUCE WILLIS and MOS DEF, who would have thought? And it works!
Rated 06 Jun 2012
60
62nd
I had a good time with 16 Blocks. It has enough action to keep you entertained, even if the pauses come at odd intervals and seem to completely crush any momentum the film was building. But watching Bruce Willis in a half-decent action flick is almost always entertaining, even if 16 Blocks appeared to be the victim of being trimmed down too much, introducing too many elements that weren't expanded upon. Still, it's fun, and that's what you want out of an action flick, go watch it.
Rated 24 Dec 2012
30
9th
Pedestrian action. Characters go through the motions to achieve development. Everything is expected. Squanders the real-time element by trying to shove a ton of development in characters in less than 2 real life hours. The whole film is forced. Nice cinematography and varied use of space, and Willis doesn't do bad with the material (no clue what Mos Def is trying to do though) but it just isn't enough. It's competent, but so bland and dry I don't understand why it was made.
Rated 21 Jan 2013
43
14th
This could have been a decent film, but Mos Def is the most annoying actor in this film. And it's painful to drag the audience through this kind of thing. Could Willis have have gotten through those 16 Blocks without Def?
Rated 30 Mar 2013
62
43rd
I watch action movies very rarely, but the drama aspect makes this one special. We get to know a cop with some kind of a depression who - at first - acts very rude, but his reasons for this kind of behaviour will surface. Bruce Willis sometimes changes his face expressions here which I consider a great landmark for him. Mos Def is ok, I don't know why some people complain - his voice is a little bit strange, but it's not his fault so don't blame the man. He acts ok. The bakery motive is sweet :)
Rated 06 Jun 2013
60
47th
I actually liked Mos Def in this. Surprisingly, I like Mos Def is most things he does. Definitely.
Rated 20 Jun 2013
50
35th
ger; [16 blocks]; ein polizist soll einen kleingauner für eine Zeugenaussage zum Gericht bringen, doch er wird auf dem weg von korrupten Kollegen attackiert die ihn aufhalten wollen.;
Rated 23 Dec 2013
55
28th
Despite strong performances from Bruce Willis and Mos Def, 16 Blocks is a shopworn entry in the buddy-action genre.
Rated 10 May 2014
55
17th
standard action flick that just didn't pull me in at all; Willis is alright and it has David Morse but as a movie, 16 blocks just didn't pique my interest.
Rated 14 Jan 2015
7
84th
So how come no one told me in the last decade that this movie is actually pretty damn good? Bruce Willis plays his age for once and in doing so weirdly makes this the most authentic spiritual sequel to the original Die Hard ever made, giving us a J.M.-initialed protagonist who would rather let the police deal with his problems if at all possible (though circumstances force him into acton, of course). The action is fairly mild-mannered, all things considered, but there are real emotional stakes.
Rated 18 Jan 2015
3
14th
16 Block really underwhelmed me. I expected so much more from a thriller directed by Richard Donner & starring Bruce Willis. I have no care for Mos Def though and he just annoys here. I just couldn't believe how bland this was and the premise seemed interesting, but it just never delivers. The whole time I just wanted to wind up the pace as it just plods along. And it's as if everybody involved just settles for mediocrity.
Rated 11 Oct 2015
80
37th
Weird to be saying this, but I thought Mos Def was really good.
Rated 24 Apr 2016
30
19th
A 90's movie made in 2006.
Rated 30 Jul 2016
70
43rd
Nothing to write home about, but watchable I suppose. It's full of Hollywood-style sentimentality and blunt morality and this is mostly delivered through clumsy dialogue rather than actual action. But Bruce and Mos play a good odd couple and make the best of their characters.
Rated 19 Aug 2016
11
45th
W3E1P1S1V1M1A1R2. Not quite deft enough to weave much meaning or emotion into the intentionally cramped and intense time frame. But still a pretty fun time.
Rated 28 Oct 2016
62
25th
61.500
Rated 10 Mar 2018
90
84th
16 Blocks is a really good action crime movie. The movie has enough twists to keep the viewer interested throughout. This movie does a good job of representing the good and bad in each of us and showing how people can change. It might sound cheezy but I thought the movie did a good job of showing that fact. Mos Def was fantastic and Bruce Willis did a great job at playing a fat, drunk, useless cop. Even though the movie took place in a small area and within a small time frame it packed a lot in.
Rated 28 Apr 2018
40
30th
Just take a cab in a busy city!
Rated 22 May 2018
59
50th
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Rated 21 Aug 2018
71
45th
Solid, tense, enjoyable thriller. Nothing amazing really, just a good way to pass some time.
Rated 21 Sep 2018
50
52nd
Although I feel like this is something I would normally dislike, something about this has stuck out in my mind. Maybe it is the occasional slow pace and attempts to humanize everyone that makes this more memorable than it should be.

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