Jun 23, 2006

DVD Review - 16 Blocks

16 Blocks
Warner Home Video

Say what you want, about Bruce Willis, he usually delivers the goods, as he does in 16 Blocks, directed by Richard Donner. Grey haired, fat, limping from one drink to the next his character, Jack Mosley, is a mess when he draws the assignment to get a witness to the Grand Jury by 10am.

Mos Def plays the witness, Eddie Bunker, and rather nicely, once you get past his irritating voice, which you do. Eddie has the goods on some corrupt cops who think life would be better if he were dead and Mosley has a reason to live, keeping Eddie alive, despite the best efforts of his former partner played to the hilt by David Morse.

While not quite a remake, this one owes a bunch to Clint Eastwoods' "The Gauntlet" but it's a way better film.

By the way, the alternative ending isn't. I mean it was the original ending but lacked the 'warm fuzzies' studios like so much, so be sure to check it out. The director and writers commentary is very worth a look as well.

Lee Crawford

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