“16 Blocks”

From Richard Donner, the director of the “Lethal Weapon” movies, comes “16 Blocks,” a generic action/thriller that features Bruce Willis, Mos Def and David Morse. Willis stars as an aging alcoholic cop who was been tasked with transporting a witness, played by Mos Def (“The Italian Job”) to a courthouse in time for a trial. Only they are being chased down by the dirty cops that the witness is set to testify against, which includes Willis’ ex-partner, played by David Morse (“The Green Mile”). Most of the actors in the film give good performances, but I felt that two actors’ performances really stuck out from the rest of the cast: Mos Def and David Morse. One is good and the other-not so much. I felt that Mos Def tries too hard to make his character interesting, but it is a good performance-until you listen to him for about five minutes, after which I just kept asking myself for him to start talking normally. On the other hand Morse gave the strongest performance, both calm and calculating while hunting Willis and Mos Def through the streets of New York. Plot-wise, there is nothing really special about “16 Blocks,” though I did enjoy the underlying story of redemption, both for Willis’ character-who was once and dirty cop, same as the ones chasing him-and Mos Def, who is an ex-con who wants to leave the streets behind and open up a bakery. “16 Blocks” is an entertaining action film, and while it’s not the most original film ever, it accomplishes making good use out of the money that you spend on it.