16 Blocks (2006, USA/GER) C-105m. SCOPE ** D: Richard Donner. Starring Bruce Willis, Mos Def, David Morse, Jenna Stern, Casey Sander, Cylk Cozart, Richard Fitzpatrick. What looks like a change-of-pace for Willis - he plays an ugly, alcoholic, suicidal cop - turns into standard fare, when Willis must transport a witness to the court house, which is only 16 blocks away. Of course, things go wrong, and it turns out that Willis' ex-partner Morse is interested in getting rid of the witness. Fair thriller set in New York, whose streets seem almost impenetrable. A slight disappointment given the involvement of LETHA WEAPON director Donner.

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