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. A little Hollywood theatrics do not dampen End of Watch . A lot of Hollywood theatrics do.
Excerpt: As a screenwriter, David Ayer has long been obsessed with the slippery line separating cops from criminals and good cops from their corrupt brethren. He explored the theme in a glorified B-movie that became the foundation for a blockbuster franchise ( The Fast And The Furious ), a film where he shares a screenwriting credit with author James Ellroy ( Dark Blue ), and a morally ambiguous cop drama ( Training Day ) that won Denzel Washington his second Oscar.