Monday, September 25, 2006

Movies: 16 Blocks

Last night I watched 16 Blocks. The movie had actually been at our house for quite a while, after a Netflix queue mix-up (mine, not Netflix's) and we had a couple other movies to watch first. I didn't really know what to expect, as I knew nothing about the film. It turned out to be surprisingly enjoyable.

Initially the film made me pretty apprehensive, as it starts extremely slowly. But after a bit things picked up and it turned around. The basic plot is that an old world-weary cop gets stuck escorting a witness who is needed in court, 16 blocks away (thus the title), in a little under 2 hours. Things of course go horribly wrong, and the rest of the movie is a crazy chase through the streets and buildings of New York City.

Interestingly, the actual chase isn't really the main point of the movie, but rather it is a movie about the characters involved, from the cop, to the witness, to the people chasing them. And I thought it was pretty well done.

It certainly wasn't the best movie I've ever seen, but I liked it.

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