Director: David Ayer
Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Pena
End Of Watch has an uncanny resemblance to The COPS TV show & is the latest entry into the popular “found footage sub-genre” which includes films such as Cloverfield & Paranormal Activity series. However the difference is this one goes back & forth between found footage & regular film making, which makes it more intriguing. Produced for a meagre $7m, profits have been considerable with returns currently over $36m at the US box office alone. Latest Hollywood trend seems to be producing films with smaller budgets as many blockbusters have bombed financially in recent times.
Gyllenhaal & Pena are likeable as partnered cops in the LAPD & they are best of friends. The audience follows them as they fight hoods, drug gangs & murderers. We experience the danger, the uncertainty, their mateship & the impact that tragedy has on the team. Being in a relationship with a cop is also explored. The lead characters have small cameras on their shirts & some of the criminals also run around with cameras hence the fast paced “motion sickness style” camera work which gives the film a touch of authenticity. The high speed chase sequences, the deadly shoot outs & the high body counts are guaranteed to keep the action enthusiasts enthralled throughout. Swearing is so frequent that it’s laughable at times with at least 50 “colourful words” every minute.
This was a most enthralling film with such effective characterisation that the viewer genuinely cared what happened to these cops. We come to realize that life for them is not glamorous or care free but is however a required profession if society is to function normally. Gyllenhaal has struggled to gain A class status as an actor since his break out film October Sky many years ago, but this movie will hopefully change that. JAKE
End of Watch (2012)
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. Review and Trailer of film End of Watch This was a most enthralling film with such effective characterisation that the viewer genuinely cared what happened to these cops...