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(2006), PG-13 ["Lite" R-13*] (1hr 33min)

Analysis Date
CAP Final Score
CAP Influence Density
March 2, 2006
54 out of 100

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(While the Scriptural references are certainly not subjective, my commentary may be and sometimes is somewhat subjective.)

If Scriptural references appear, the full text appears at the end of the Summary / Commentary.

(2006), PG-13 ["Lite" R-13*] -- ...another R-13, but just barely.

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Alcon Entertainment, Cheyenne Enterprises, Donners' Company, Emmett/Furla Films, Equity Pictures Medienfonds GmbH & Co. KG III, Millennium Films Inc., Nu Image Entertainment GmbH
Distribution (US): Warner zbros.
Director(s): Richard Donner
Written by: Richard Wenk
Cinematography/Camera: Glen MacPherson
Music: Klaus Badelt
Film Editing: Steve Mirkovich
Casting: Robin D. Cook
Production Design: Arvinder Grewal
Art Direction: Brandt Gordon
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6

Arriving at the station tired and beat from working an all-night case, aging alcoholic NYPD detective Jack Mosley (Bruce Willis) is given 118 minutes -- by 10:00 AM -- to deliver petty criminal and baker wannabe Eddie Bunker (Mos Def), key informant to witness tampering in a Grand Jury extortion, manslaughter and homicide case, from the jailhouse to the courthouse 16 blocks away. If Eddie doesn't make it to court by 10:00 AM, the jury will disband and the case dismissed. All bad guys would then go free.

Sixteen New York blocks in 118 minutes? No problem except a number of corrupt NYPD officers plus what seems to be the entire criminal world, the ones who stand the most to lose if Eddie makes it to court, are out to kill Eddie before he can get to the stand to testify.

Leading the band of corrupt cops out to kill Eddie is Jack's former partner of 20 years, detective Frank Nugent (David Morse). Nugent chases Mosley and Bunker through taxi cabs, unlocked doors, friends' apartments, an ambulance, a city bus and just about anything else that can be found in NYC.

16 Blocks is another R-13, but just barely. With a final score of 54, just one more point would have placed it in the range of scores earned by PG-13 films (55 to 67 out of 100) in the comparative baseline database.

The strongest loss of points is dual. Both Wanton Violence/Crime and Impudence/Hate (foul language) investigation areas found enough assaults on morality and decency to lose all the starting 100 points in each of these two investigation areas. [Prov. 16:29, Prov. 13:2, Prov. 3:31; Col. 3:8]

Next in line for magnitude of point loss was in Drugs/Alcohol due to display of illegal drugs, drinking and booze. I can't point this out strongly enough since both the American College of Physicians (ACP) and even the University of Connecticut have found a link between the use of alcoholic beverages (and smoking) in and as entertainment and abuse of them by the middle school age stratum ... the very target age of this film since it is branded with the PG-13 label. [Eph. 5:18] See the links in the Ephesians 5:18 reference below.

Close to the loss of points due to alcoholic and drug content was the content found by the Offense to God investigation area. While no Satanism, occultism or other such unholy matters were noted, God's name was used in vain several times both with and without the four letter expletive. I guess the MPAA says it is okay for your tweenagers to hear such language in and as entertainment. God disagrees with the MPAA. [Deut. 5:11]

The film earned a pure score of 100 in the Sexual Immorality investigation area. There was not even one sexual innuendo noted let alone any sexually immoral behaviors. That proves that if the filmmakers are good enough the film does not need such content.

While there killings to save another (which were incorporated in Wanton Violence/Crime), there were no murders noted in the entire 93 minutes it took to get 16 blocks.


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  • Prov. 16:29 A violent man entices his neighbor and leads him down a path that is not good. ["A violent man" can be the one on the screen, too. Now you know why violence, especially in and as entertainment, can embolden the viewer into aggression, especially youth. See "Joint Statement on the Impact of Entertainment Violence on Children Congressional Public Health Summit" ]
  • Prov. 13:2 From the fruit of his lips a man enjoys good things, but the unfaithful have a craving for violence.
  • Prov. 3:31 Envy thou not the oppressor [man of violence], and choose none of his ways.
  • Col. 3:8 But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.
  • Eph. 5:18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit. ["Wine" can be any intoxicating substance including illegal drugs or abuse of prescription drugs. This issue is do not get intoxicated. Though it is not a sin to drink, it is a sin to get drunk OR to influence to get drunk or to drink in defiance such as underage drinking. A study by the American College of Physicians (ACP) has found an undeniable link between the presentation of alcoholic beverages and tobacco in and as entertainment and abuse of them and arrogance/defiance with them by adolescents. And teaching/causing youth to abuse alcohol/tobacco (or drugs) by emboldening youth with them in and as entertainment invokes Luke 17:2. If alcoholic beverages in entertainment were not a problem for our young, why is there and why has there been such a push to get and keep booze commercials off prime time broadcast TV? Even the University of Connecticut corroborates the ACP finding.]
  • Deut. 5:11 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain: for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. [Vain is shav' {shawv}: emptiness, nothingness, vanity, such as an expletive. With or without the four letter expletive, the use of God's name in any way other than respect, reverence or thoughtful discussion is in vain. That includes the popular three syllable sentence with His name trailing it AND the misuse of Jesus' name.]

    ***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about when what is vile is honored among men [e.g., create progressively vile/offensive entertainment with impunity and no consequences to younger and younger audiences every year when enough people continue to defend it, embrace it, pay for it, enjoy it, want it].
  • Col. 2:8 Beware lest any man [by his influence] spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
  • 1 Cor. 15:33 Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.
  • Rom. 5:19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
  • Jude 1:4 For there are certain men* crept in unawares [secretly slipped in among us], who were before of old ordained to this condemnation [whose condemnation was written about long ago], ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness [a license for immorality], and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. [*men: anthropos {anth'-ro-pos}, generic, a human being, whether male or female]
  • Matt. 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto [or for] one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto [or for] me.
  • Luke 17:2 It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones. [Offend: skandalizo {skan-dal-id'-zo} - scandalize; to entice to sin; to cause a person to begin to distrust and desert one whom he ought to trust and obey; to cause to fall away. I suspect "offend" includes sexually abusing the little ones. "Little ones": mikros - little;, small of age; younger which can include at-home teens].
  • Ps. 119:133 Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me [let no sin rule over me].
  • John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
  • 1 Thess. 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil. ["Evil" includes all things that are sinful.]


    As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.
    (The objective heart of the CAP Analysis Model, independent of and insulated from the Summary/
    Commentary section.

    16 Blocks (2006) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • firearm targeted to kill
  • dead body
  • police raid violence
  • possession of illegal firearms
  • police gunfire killing to save another
  • traffic violence
  • hit pedestrian with car
  • police corruption throughout
  • staging a murder
  • framing a cop for murder
  • intentional gunfire injury to implicate
  • gunfire to kill, many, some with injuries
  • firearm to face to control
  • breaking and entering with intent to kill, repeatedly
  • pursuit to kill, repeatedly
  • injury gore, lite
  • firearm to neck to control
  • action violence, repeatedly
  • threat to kill "hostages"
  • order to kill
  • gunfire killing by police to save another

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • 24 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • two uses of the most foul of the foul words

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • none noted

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • drinking, repeatedly
  • possession of illegal drugs
  • booze, repeatedly
  • bar

    Offense to God (O)
  • three uses of God's name in vain with the four letter expletive and once without

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • none noted

  • Christian Educators Association International



    There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our more than eight years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.

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