End of Watch throws the book at you

8 Mar


End of Watch is an unflinching cop drama that adds a little more to the mix. Writer/Director David Ayers is not a rookie when it comes to this genre. Six of his seven titles are crime thrillers with characters with badges playing a major role in his films.

Officers Brian Taylor (Jake Gyllenhaal) and Mike Zavala (Michael Pena) are LAPD officers working in South Central Los Angeles that end up uncovering a large drug cartel operation. As a result, the partners become a pair of targets for the drug dealer known as Big Evil.

There are times when some of the scenes seem unrealistic, but despite the clichés, Gyllenhaal and Pena create believable characters that take you along for a ride in the backseat of the squad car. Ayers uses “found footage” and hand-held camerawork to create an ultra realistic feel, which adds to the suspense and energy to the script. End of Watch throws the book at you.


Adam’s Grade: B+

Chuck’s Grade: A

One Response to “End of Watch throws the book at you”

  1. CMrok93 March 9, 2013 at 11:50 pm #

    The found-footage format weaves in-and-out and seems a bit dumb for the material, but still doesn’t distract us from the pitch-perfect chemistry of these two guys that are as entertaining and interesting to watch as any other cop in recent cop movies. Great review.

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