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Monday, November 26, 2012
David Ayer is certainly a respected figure when it comes to writing and directing cop movies.
With Training Day and Street Kings already under his belt you would at least expect him to be rather comfortable amongst the genre and End of Watch showcases his talents perfectly as its one of the finest police movies I’ve seen.
The film stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña as two young officers who confiscate a small cache of money and firearms from members of a notorious cartel, resulting in the two being marked for death.
The film is presented in a third and first person found footage style and it works perfectly with the tone of the movie. To me I found it a very insightful watch as from what I’ve heard the film is a very accurate portrayal of the LAPD. It can often be rather tense and some of the predicaments the officers find themselves in can be rather brutal to say the least. From an audience perspective the main two protagonists are a couple of likeable guys and I feel the way in which the movie is filmed really helps you relate to them. You’re really close to the action and much to my surprise this movie is far more dialogue driven than I imagined. There seems to be a rather large emphasis on character building, hence the relation to the characters. As well as having some stunning set-pieces, it is very well-written and rather humorous. A lot of the jokes that are present in this movie all hit and I think this comes down to the chemistry between Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña.
In terms of acting you couldn’t ask for a couple of better performances. Like I said the two are extremely likeable and you actually believe that they are brothers rather than just a couple of workmates. It’s dark, gritty, violent and realistic and most definitely not for the faint of heart. It’s beautifully crafted and there’s a definite sense that a lot of work has been put into this movie. Not only is it pure entertainment throughout its entire duration it’s also incredibly interesting, to me at times it felt like I was watching a documentary. The thing I find most amendable about End of Watch is that it documents every aspect of the central characters lives, acknowledging their work life as well as their home life resulting in one of the most realistic movies I’ve seen all year.
End of Watch really is a brilliant film. It’s full of fantastic performances, great action sequences, tension and humorous narrative. Hats off to David Ayer it appears he’s struck it third time lucky.