Tuesday, March 14, 2006

16 Blocks

I felt like a no-brainer action movie last night and got it in the form of 16 Blocks, the new Bruce Willis flick.

Willis plays Mosley, an alcoholic burnt out cop who has to escort Bunker, a convict played by Mos Def, 16 blocks to a courthouse so he can testify against some bent cops. Funnily enough, these cops don't want Bunker to reach the courthouse and Mosley chooses going against his peers rather than shop Bunker in for the kill. Cue 90 minutes of chase sequences, shoot-outs and tiresome dialogue as Mosley and Bunker attempt to reach their goal.

With a slight Willis renaissance going on since last years Hostage and Sin City, there's no reason that he should sign up to such MOR action-flick nonesense. Check it out, the dude has EIGHT films coming out this year. Perhaps he should choose roles more carefully so he doesn't find himself back in the doldrums. To be honest Willis' acting is decent enough but the script is a cut and paste from scores of action films preceding it. Then there's hip-hop artist-cum-actor Mos Def. Here's a guy that should stick to playing cameo's. He just doesn't have enough weight to play a supporting role and his voice is wincingly irratating. Granted, it's tolerable by the end but by then, you've had enough of the plot. I mean, why walk when you can just jump in a goddamn taxi?

Like I say, if you're looking for a no-brainer action film then this is your best friend for 90 minutes. Just don't look for a revelation.

I would give this film 2 burnt out alcoholic cops out of 5.



Blogger Skry said...

From what I've read, the plot sounds quite good - intricate enough to make an interesting and exciting film (if written well) yet not so complicated as to change it from an action flick to a thriller or such like.

However you say that the plot is ripped off from many other films. It doesn't sound like it but then again I have only read your review and IMDB's 3 or 4 reviews.

Also you mention that the acting (mainly of Mos) is poor. I guess no matter how good the plot, a film is going to suffer when the acting quality is poor.

I'll probably give this movie a go some time, mainly cause I like action movies, but I'm not going to be expecting much from it.

By the way, what does "MOR" mean?

12:34 am  
Blogger Jay Tea said...

It means Middle Of the Road.

Let's see what it's ripped off from. A tick box of buddy cop films:

Burnt out alcoholic cop Yeah?
Supporting actor who is the opposite of the main character Huh?
Gotta, gotta compelling protaganist? Yeah? Gotta obstacle for him to overcome? Huh? Beginning, middle, and end? Some friends become enemies, some enemies become friends? At the end your main character is richer from the experience? Yeah? Yeah? Some twists and turns? A little epilogue? Everybody learns that the hero's journey isn't always a happy one?

12:56 am  

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