Excerpt: End of Watch purports to be an inside look at being a cop in the midst of South Central L.A. Brian Taylor (Jake Gyllenhaal) and Mike Zavala (Michael Pena) work together on the streets, driving through general patrols and finding themselves in an uncharacteristically escalated scenario.
Excerpt: Cop dramas these days don’t warrant much of a reaction from me. It’s when they try to do something that hasn’t been completely beaten over the head as a cliché where I stand up and take some notice.
Conclusion: Sixty percent of End of Watch really is one of the best films of 2012. Unfortunately, Gyllenhaal and Peña's performances, however award-worthy, and the story's most painful gut punches aren't enough to make up for the remaining forty percent.
Summary: Despite featuring a very familiar plot, 'End of Watch' is a heart-stopping, compelling action thriller that feels fresh, thanks in large part to the energized feel of the "found footage" camerawork.
Excerpt: Even if End of Watch had turned out to be a bad film, I still would have respected it. In both his script and his directing style David Ayer gambles constantly, be it in the way he decides to shoot a particular scene or help the audience get a better understanding of the central characters, and it's...