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Plot: Two young officers are marked for death after confiscating a small cache of money and firearms from the members of a notorious cartel, during a routine traffic stop.
Runtime: 109 mins Release Date: 20 Jul 2012
This is an excellent movie. It has everything a movie fan needs: an exciting story, strong acting, snappy dialogue, and great cinematography. The semi-documentary format creates a feeling of authenticity which makes the movie even more intense. The main characters, two police officers who patrol a high-crime area in Los Angeles, are likable, which is a crucial element of the story. The portrayal of the gang members is also impressive. The movie is replete with scenes of graphic violence, but these scenes are relevant to the plot. There is a lot of light banter which belies the seriousness of <more>
the plot, which deals with the questions relating to the role of the police in today's society. What make this movie work is how it succeeds in making the audience feel empathy for the two police officers not as police officers but as people, so that if they come in harms way the audience will care. Patrolling a high crime area is a challenging and dangerous assignment; what it means to the people who actually do that kind of work is what this movie is about.
I have never been to a TIFF premiere before, so I am glad "End of Watch" was my first one. The director and the cast were down-to-earth, honest and had sense of humour, which is surprising, because I expected celebrities to be stiff and arrogant. They watched the movie with us and stayed for Q&A after credits. The movie impressed me because of its shooting technique. The movie is self-shot, which makes it intimate and sends the message across more powerfully. Director David Ayer confessed that it took him six days to write the script, and 20 years of experience. "End of <more>
Watch" tells the story of friendship between two police men patrolling the streets of southern Los Angeles. The reality of the neighbourhoods is shocking: gang members, drug addicts, shootings and profanity. But Brian Taylor Jake Gyllenhall and Mike Zavala Michael PeÃ±a , the main characters, are not afraid to venture and try to set order in a world that became out of control. Their chemistry on screen is what makes the movie more interesting, because they are so different from each other, and yet they become best friends, being inseparable in all important moments of life. The action is happening fast, but romance and friendship are present between violence and real-life drama. A lot of scenes were spoken in Spanish, so it will help if you know some Spanish at least swearing words . I was impressed by the way police women America Ferrera, Cody Horn were portrayed and how well they played their part, with endless courage and dedication, removing all stereotypes. The final scene reveals the essence of it all: being able to laugh with tears along your best friend, finding a job you love and would give your life away for. This is an unique movie with a twisted ending, revealing the difficulty of being police men and the implications it has on families and friendships. The world needs more "End of Watch", more reality because we seem to be living in an ignorant bubble, feeding ourselves with chick flicks and bad quality movies.P.S You know what you have to do on September 21st. Hit the theatres, even if you only do it for Jake!
End of Watch is a movie for people who cherish movies that are intelligent, believable, well-scripted, acted by men and women who love their characters or at least love acting them ; and filmed and edited by people willing to take chances in order to express their vision - to do something unique, even if the audience doesn't like it or "get" it. Such movies aren't just movies; they're works of art. End of Watch is such a movie. Watching it you can tell that every single person on the screen is putting their heart into it. That's rare. The script of End of Watch is <more>
intelligent. Really intelligent. It never for a moment plays down to the audience. Instead it brings the audience up to it's level. While in places the dialog is so fast that it's hard to catch what's being said, the writers pick you up later to let you in on it so that you're never left out for long enough to lose the story. They don't coddle you but they take care of you. It's a treat to be treated this way - like an intelligent viewer.And the photography - sometimes you only get a suggestion of what's happening, like a painting that hints at figures, so the viewer isn't sure where the figures begin and the background ends. Or figures are cut and pasted like collage onto the moving screen. The rationale for these effects is that the movie is being filmed by a cop, or sometimes a pair of cops, who are documenting their work shift, sometimes openly, sometimes surreptitiously. What we get is a cop movie that's not just a cop movie, but also a work of art.End of Watch is movie for people who like to care deeply about the characters in the story they're watching. It's a movie for people who care also about details but who don't need every story thread to go through a needle - as long as it's able to. It's a movie to watch again, and probably again and again; to keep in a permanent collection and bring out, like a bottle of very good wine, to watch with good friends.
Jake and Michael have the most amazing on-screen chemistry that makes the viewers believe they're truly best friends and police partners. The way the script was written allowed David Ayer to elicit an incredible range of emotion from the viewers. It's hilariously funny during car scenes between Jake and Michael, playing on relatable awkward topics of sex, dating, and other things best friends would joke about, yet incredibly serious, showing just how intense and dangerous police officers' jobs in South Central LA can be. The use of Jake's hand-held camera gives a Paranormal <more>
Activity feeling without the headache that adds to the "realness" of the film. I highly recommend this film and challenge anyone to not be completely moved by the end of it.
If you want to be at the edge of your seat the entire movie you should definitely watch this. I went to a screening a long time ago so the scenes may have changed a bit and maybe made a bit easier on the viewer but the version we saw was absolutely AMAZING movie. The story grips you all along and drags you without giving you a moment to look away from the screen. If you like intense movies like Crash, Stuck or Drive then this is for you.Everyone applauded after the movie finished at the screening. The story is just so real and so intense that makes your hair stand straight.The good thing is <more>
that from the first second you get into the movie until the very end. Its a story of love and intense action combined that is real not superficial. Its something that could be happening right now in your neighborhood.
It's not hard to tell that David Ayer grew up on the mean streets of South Central, Los Angeles. Training Day, The Fast and the Furious, Dark Blue and S.W.A.T. all showcase his passion for writing screenplays about these streets and the role that police officers play in them. His two films as director Harsh Times and Street Kings showed that he could also direct hard hitting dramas depicting the underbelly of the L.A. and the police force. End Of Watch marks Ayer's second film as both writer and director.Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael PeÃ±a star as a two young officers in the Los <more>
Angeles Police Department. Using the "home footage" format of filmmaking, End Of Watch shows us the ups and downs of these two young officers as they work, love and fight in the streets of Los Angeles.In terms of subject matter this film doesn't cover anything really different. Its about cops dealing with their issues at home and on the job. This topic has been covered countless times but what makes End Of Watch different â€“ and better â€“ then many of its predecessors is that it holds realism as its number one priority. This is one of the most realistic portrayals of police life ever put to celluloid. The day to day lives of these two best friends are shown in a format that is both convincing and horrifying. It doesn't flinch away when showing the disturbing aspects of this high pressure career.Using everyday video sources chest mounted cameras, vehicle cameras, P.O.V angels, aerial shots from police choppers definitely gives the film an unprecedented level of proximity to cops in the line of duty. Unfortunately, this format doesn't always work. Some chaotic scenes become a little bit confusing when the camera is constantly changing from first person shots to third person angles. But for the most-part it works well.Gyllenhaal and PeÃ±a provide us with two highly believable characters and their chemistry is palpable. Whether they're talking about the women in their lives or having a friendly argument about racial stereotypes, these two actors ensure that we stick with their characters through every step of the way. Gyllenhaal continues to solidify himself as one of the best actors around and PeÃ±a delivers one of his best performances to date.It's got a great script and a focused story that is handled confidently and told well. David Ayer has crafted an intense, hard hitting drama that benefits from the two excellent performances by the two leads.
Likable, believable characters make this a realistically funny, intense and emotionally gripping cop movie. (by nick_white_5)
When I actually sit down and think about it, there aren't many good movies about your average, every day police officer. There are a couple notable television series', like "Hill Street Blues" and the now dated but oddly fascinating reality series "Cops", but on film, these guys don't get a lot of luck. I guess everyone would rather see movies about undercover officers or detectives. Well for anyone like me who's been waiting for it, here it is. End Of Watch, an excellent take on the genre. It may not be perfect, but it's unique and shows the day to day <more>
This was a real unique journey in drama. A mix of studio camera and innovative character cameras interwoven with the story. Casting brought two very strong actors together and their chemistry was right on target. The plot was simple but the ingredient that put this film over the top was realism and believability. Yes it is very raw and if I got a dollar for every "F-bomb" I could by a home in Malibu for sure. Realism is the main course and this film would not lose it's true identity. I found what really put this movie in the must see category is that ...One minute your laughing <more>
and the next you're crying. There are very few films that can achieve this element with this level of quality. This is, without a doubt, one of the very best films of the year.
End of Watch seems to be another film that uses the found-footage style, but once again it's not a successful try. However, it still gets what it wants by being a true to life buddy cop film with a ridiculous amount of intensity. End of Watch looks pretty simple as a crime thriller, but everything is actually brilliant. The crimes are grim and the action is a load of thrills. But what really makes this film so appealing is the chemistry between Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael PeÃ±a. Their bromantic moments keeps the entire film so charming. The rest of End of Watch is engaging and <more>
interestingly gripping.The story is about the lives of the lead pair. As these police officers patrol around the streets, they spend their time talking and joking around until they see something going on. Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael PeÃ±a brings it to life. Their chemistry is the magic of this film. When it gets serious it becomes really intense, makes you wish both of them are safe on their dangerous jobs. The common elements of cop movies are explosions and stylish gunfights, but this film is all about tension and momentum.The found-footage style is as messy as what the recent found-footage film, Chronicle, did. Which falls into being unnecessary. It sometimes gets shots that aren't filmed on any hand-held cameras. The camera-work is still well shot and serves a different experience, but it could have been something like what action directors, Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor strangely has the same name of the main character , do. Shaking the camera ridiculously without calling it a found-footage film. If you ignore the style, it would be cool. The quality of the film is being realistic and there it succeeds. They left the impossibly cool police movie stuff behind and instead make them simply scrutinize, arrest, and watch the streets.End of Watch doesn't have much of a concept but to depict the credible lives of these hero cops. While the lead stars shine on their beautiful down-to-earth bromance, there's a grim reality about to affect their lives thus makes this an indeed so compelling film. Still, it could have been a Crank like film than a found-footage. The crazy cam is a great effect, but not the characters holding the camera. Aside from that, it's a top notch thriller that is easy enough to enjoy. Worth a ride and recommended.