Film: 16 Blocks

16 Blocks is a 2006 thriller directed by Richard Donner, starring Bruce Willis, Mos Def, and David Morse.

Jack Mosely, alcoholic cop, is given the job of escorting a witness named Eddie from lock up to the courthouse so he can testify. It's only sixteen blocks, but there's a lot of traffic, the witness doesn't trust the police, and the people he's supposed to testify against want him dead...

The problems start when two goons try to kill Eddie in traffic when Mosely stops to get a bottle at a liquor store. Things escalate from there.


This film provides examples of:

  • Covers Always Lie: Some posters depict Jack carrying a USP, a pistol which doesn't appear anywhere in the film.
  • *Click* Hello: Twice. The first time, Eddie keeps talking, allowing Jack to get the drop on one of the corrupt cops chasing him. The second, Jack pretends to surrender to Nugent while Eddie gets the drop on him.
  • Heroic Bystander: The ESU Marksman who kills the last bad guy before he can assassinate Jack.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: As one of the corrupt cops, Jack decides to testify in Eddie's place, allowing Eddie to escape to Seattle while Jack himself is sent to jail for his involvement (though he receives a reduced sentence for his confession).
  • He Who Fights Monsters: The maverick cops themselves succumbed to this trope prior to the events of the movie.
  • Rabid Cop: The villains turns out to be the maverick cops who succumbed to He Who Fights Monsters.
  • Revolvers Are Just Better: Subverted. Jack goes to his sister's apartment to get his backup weapon, but takes Glocks from several of the cops he diables along the way, preferring to use them.
  • A Simple Plan: More than one. Sixteen blocks have never seemed so long.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Jack tries to do the right thing for most of the film, until he threatens to kill innocent bus passengers at the end, just to get Eddie out safely.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: The main villain's arguments sound reasonable until you consider the bloodshed they require. He doesn't seem to realize he's the villain.