Review for “End of Watch”

Synopsis: This film is about the everyday lives of two young men, who are police officers and best friends. We’ve all seen cop movies, right? Those shoot-’em-up bang bang cop movies that are entertaining, but ultimately forgettable. Well, one could say that “End of Watch” is a shoot-em-up, bang bang cop movie. In some ways, it is. But it’s so much more than that. It focuses more on cop buddy part than the shoot-em-up part. Brian Taylor (Jake Gyllenhaal) and Mike Zavala(Michael Pena) have known each other for years. They are best friends first and partners second. They are both police officers working in one of the toughest areas of Los Angeles, South Central. The film shot in documentary style and we really feel like we know them. We’re really riding along with them as they save children, take guns and drugs off the streets and run into burning buildings. We root for them as they deal with shootouts and the Cartel. We like these guys. We relate to them. And we like that they actually have lives apart from work and each other. That’s because of the phenomenal acting of Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena. They have a great rapport, and are very believable as both cops and friends. And they should. Word is they spent 5 months training for their roles and had to rely on each other a lot. It really shows on screen. The supporting performances are also really good. America Ferrera is great as the cop Orozco. I liked the banter between her and the two leads. Natalie Martinez and Anna Kendrick did a good job playing the leads’ ladies. I wish they were on screen more. I liked the director’s style in this movie. David Ayer made a very realistic-looking movie. The music seemed to fit in with the movie’s tone and feel. Some of the scenes bothered me a bit, but disturbing things are expected in a movie like this. Overall, I recommend it. If anything, watch for the performances of Gyllenhaal and Pena.

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