Bruce Willis does a good job portraying detective Jack Mosley as an alcohol drinking, inept over-the-hill cop who for some reason doesn’t care about himself or anyone else. Mosley is in for a life changing experience when he is singled out to transport a prisoner 16 blocks to the courthouse to testify before a Grand Jury.
Richard Donner is able to keep your attention and interest with some interesting character development. Most of the objectionable language is towards the end of the film and is totally unnecessary. The violence is not very graphic but does show some blood from gun shot wounds. The violence and language are tame compared to Bruce Willis’s “Die Hard” films; however, because of the obscene language in the film, Dove cannot award the Dove Seal to “16 Blocks.” It is too bad too, because if Donner would have gone one more block and traveled down the “high road” to eliminate the obscene language and some of the violence, “16 Blocks” could have been a decent family film. They just would have had to change the title to “17 Blocks.”