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From the writer of Training Day comes a gripping, action-packed cop drama starring Academy Award® nominee Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña. In their mission to abide by their oath to serve and protect, Officers Brian Taylor (Gyllenhaal) and Mike Zavala (Peña) have formed a powerful brotherhood to ensure they both go home at the end of watch. But nothing can prepare them for the violent backlash that happens after they pull over the members of a notorious drug cartel for a routine traffic stop. Seen from the point of view of the officers, gang members, surveillance cameras, dash cams and citizens caught in the line of fire, a 360° perspective creates a gritty, compassionate and intense portrait of the city’s darkest streets, and the brave men and women patrolling them.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 168
- Fresh: 143
- Rotten: 25
- Average Rating: 7.1/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: The performances here are so sharp that viewers may wish End of Watch has been shot by someone who knew how to find the right point of view for a scene and leave it there.
Fresh: Jumpy and exciting.
Fresh: Gyllenhaal and Pena are after a lived-in camaraderie and a street-level realism. Pena, especially, succeeds; you buy him every second.
Rotten: The film has a kinetic energy that will please its target audience; but it ultimately says nothing, and says it all too loud.
A TENSE, EXCITING, AND EMOTIONAL COP DRAMA
Now, I'll be honest. I didn't exactly have the highest expectations for "End of Watch" when I decided to go see it with a couple of friends. Despite the "found-footage" camera gimmick of its premise and a likable cast, nothing really seemed to stand out about the film. But boy, was I in for a surprise. This action-packed police thriller ended up being one of the most entertaining and immersive experiences I've had at the movies all year. Plunging its viewers right onto the grimy streets of L.A., the film follows a pair of LAPD officers and longtime best friends (Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peńa) who discover a secret that makes them the prime targets of a dangerous drug cartel, one that won't go down without a fight. What makes this movie such an engaging ride throughout isn't the gritty cinematography or even the brutally shocking action sequences, but rather, the genuine chemistry that Gyllenhaal and Peńa share as on-duty/off-duty partners. They're hugely convincing in the way they interact, whether it's just them making each other laugh with snappy insults while sitting in a police cruiser for hours on end, or the two of them risking both life and limb in the heat of gunfire to save one another. The bond they share is simply magnetic, and it ends up being the entire driving force of the film. As for everyone else in the cast, they're generally underwritten (particularly Anna Kendrick and an unrecognizable America Ferrera), although this is understandable given that this movie solely relies on the strengths of its two leading men. It also thrives just as much on the grisly, uncompromising violence that seeps into every scene. The brutality in this film is so realistic, it was enough to make me cringe in my seat at times. Unfortunately, the flick isn't quite as strong in the storytelling department as it should be. The basic crime plot is a tad conventional and the narrative feels slightly episodic, while the conclusion just left me with somewhat of an empty feeling. Nevertheless, I still enjoyed "End of Watch" for the majority of what it delivered. Sure, the camera format, despite its clever usage, can wear thin after a while, but thanks to its energetic action scenes, authentic bloodshed, and devotion to characters, this film acts as both a convincing and emotional portrayal of police life, and the buddy dynamic between Gyllenhaal and Peña is hugely entertaining. I definitely recommend giving it a watch for any fan of visceral, realistic filmmaking.
Best cop flic ever
Being a police officer myself I rarely go to see "cop" movies, unlike the general public, rather than just to sit and enjoy the movie for what it is I usually leave mad replaying all the things they did wrong on the production and scripting. I have to say this flic was "spot on". I've never wanted to down load a flic to watch over and over again but this one will be the fist. You will enjoy it.
One of the Best!!!
One of the best cop movies ever made.
Hands down!! just watch it. You won't regret it!!!
- Genre: Action & Adventure
- Released: 2012
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