End of Watch-2012
Starring-Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Pena
Scott’s Review #447
Reviewed July 8, 2016
End of Watch impressed me much more than I was expecting. What I expected was a safe, by the numbers, buddy/action type movie, since it was rather promoted as such from the previews. It was worlds better than that and through me for a loop- in a good way.
The film stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena star as two detectives patrolling the streets of grizzled central Los Angeles, which are riddled with drug and gang violence. The viewer is brought along for the ride as we see a day in the life, if you will, of their cop beat.
The one knock I’d give the film is the implausibility factor of a cop videotaping everything. This seems silly and unrealistic. Wouldn’t he be incredibly distracted? That said, some of the filming was amazing, including the opening sequence. The film contains a realistic, grittiness to it, and the Los Angeles locale is very effective.
End of Watch feels painstakingly real, is not always happy, and the dynamic between Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena evident and their friendship feels real.
The movie feels like a day in the life of an LA cop, sparing no edgy detail,and does not gloss over the lifestyle as many cop films choose to do.