zondag 9 februari 2014

100 Movie Challenge 2014 - # 25: End of Watch

Director: David Ayer
Genre: Drama/ Thriller/ Crime
Runtime: 109 minutes
Year: 2012
Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Peña, Anna Kendrick, Natalie Martinez, America Ferrara, Cody Horn

Description: In South Central Los Angeles, street cops Brian (Jake Gyllenhaal) and Mike (Michael Peña) are partners, patrolling the streets as Latino gangs are in a power struggle with Blacks.

Review: Two LAPD-agents film themselves while on duty. Their sergeant doesn’t like it, but a tough cop does what he wants. That’s how easy it is, to give a cop film a bit of an original twist.
The police duo Brian Taylor and Mike Zavala is proud of what they do for society. Even if it’s basically picking up the scum of the streets, but it makes the world a little better. With the cameras constantly running, it does make both cops a bit reckless. But that is what keeps you close to the characters. With this way of filming it increases the tension. It’s been a while since we got a chance to empathize so intensely with characters and to get a realistic look on the job.
Both Gyllenhaal and Peña deliver a nice piece of acting work and director David Ayer manages to avoid to put a patriotic feel in the film.
“End of Watch” surprised me pleasantly and I love the way this great concept was executed.

Rating: 4/ 5

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