When I think of director Richard Donner, my mind gravitates toward titles like Superman and Lethal Weapon - high points in the filmmaker's career. Recently, however, Donner's output has been less impressive, and includes the bloated excess of Assassins and the awfulness of Timeline. Sadly, 16 Blocks is not a film to recall the glory days. It's a cobbled together mess of clichés that fails to surprise at any of its turns. Despite occasional bursts of suspense, the movie as a whole plays out as a long 95 minutes, with its lack of inventiveness leading us more frequently into tediousness than tension.
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