`16 Blocks' stars Bruce Willis, but it's Mos Def's movie

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March 03, 2006|By CHRIS KALTENBACH | CHRIS KALTENBACH,SUN MOVIE CRITIC

What happens when a tragic burnout meets a determined optimist? Well, we all know the answer to that, right? The optimist wins, the burnout is revived and all is well once again with the world.

That's a pretty standard Hollywood formula, which makes 16 Blocks a pretty standard Hollywood picture. But in the capable hands of director Richard Donner (Die Hard) and screenwriter Richard Wenk, that's a very good thing - especially when the resulting movie marks an intriguing new chapter in an established actor's career and an exciting milestone in that of a relative newcomer.

16 Blocks (Warner Bros.) Starring Bruce Willis, Mos Def, David Morse. Directed by Richard Donner. Rated PG-13. Time 105 minutes.

FOR THE RECORD - A March 3 review of the movie 16 Blocks incorrectly identified the director of the film Die Hard. The film was directed by John McTiernan.
The Sun regrets the errors.

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