Saying 16 Blocks is Richard Donner's least flatulent, most efficient film is saying little, but in his dotage Donner has abandoned his Six Million Dollar Man-trained blunt-force trauma and bends with the flow of the DV-era river, keeping his new movie relatively small-boned, hand-held, on-location savvy, and free of in-jokes. In what is essentially a Manhattan remake of the sorry Clint Eastwood vehicle The Gauntlet, we have alcoholic cop Bruce Willis bucking his own corrupt force and escorting witness Mos Def to the courthouse under a hail of bullets. Wildly cynical about the NYPD, it's a small movie trying to seem epic, or a bloated monster trying to seem lean, and it could've been 20 minutes shorter still -- whenever Def's wiseacre punk starts wistfully talking about his plans to open a birthday-cake bakery, the movie lifts its heavy foot off the pedal and drops into a narcoleptic nap.
Director: Richard Donner
Writer: Richard Wenk
Producer: Randall Emmett, Avi Lerner and Arnold Rifkin
Cast: Bruce Willis, Mos Def, David Morse, Tig Fong, Cylk Cozart, Sasha Roiz, Brian Andersson, Michael F. Keenan, Conrad Pla and Allison Lee Ritter