Release Date
September 21, 2012
Director
David Ayer
Screenplay
David Ayer
Distributed By
Open Road Films
Budget
$15 million
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Rated R for strong violence, some disturbing images, pervasive language including sexual references, and some drug use
109 minutes

End Of Watch
09fourhalf-stars

Relying slightly to heavily on the “found footage” concept of the film, “End Of Watch” overcomes this major downfall by remaining relevant and sincere throughout the entire film. Director David Ayer relies heavily on the natural chemistry between Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña as they play partners in the LAPD, specializing in the gangland that is South Central, Los Angeles. They’re good at their jobs and even the audience is lulled into a false sense of security, as they take down the realistic bad guys, both on purpose and sometimes accidentally.

From the writer of “Training Day”, Ayer provides the most realistic look at the cop-criminal relationship, mimicking the format set by COPS which has worked for so many years. The audience grows attached to these characters, as we laugh with them, experience huge life moments like babies and marriage with them, and we watch them grow with one another. So when there is loss, we are affected that much more and Ayer does no skimp on loss. Several times you’re surprised what comes out of this screenplay, whether it’s what they find in a suspects home or what happens to one of the main characters. Emotions are taut in “End Of Watch”, and some of the scenarios and imagery will haunt you days after viewing the film. Intense and realistic as a dramatic thriller can get, this film is not to be missed.

 

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