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16 Blocks

Willis can still do Die Hard , but Donner's a long way from Lethal Weapon
By CHRIS WANGLER  |  March 1, 2006
1.5 1.5 Stars
16 BLOCKS: Willis and DefAssigned to transport a talky, small-time crook (Mos Def) to court, NYPD detective Jack Mosley (Bruce Willis) rediscovers his inner cop when he learns that the kid is about to testify against some corrupt cops. A mad pursuit follows in which the baddies try to kill the duo in the 16 blocks between the jail and the courthouse. As a washed-up, balding cop with a string of bad relationships, Willis serves up a passable, if uninspired, take on his Die Hard shtick, but neither he nor Def can generate much chemistry with Richard Wenk’s terrible script, which has more non-sequitors than a freshman philosophy paper. As for director Richard Donner, well, Lethal Weapon seems like a distant memory. In the unlikely event that there’s a sequel, let’s hope it’s eight blocks long and heads straight to video, where it belongs.
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