Excerpt: A pair of L.A. street cops have their hot shot reputation tested when they stumble upon a Mexican drug cartel operation that is more brutal and ruthless than anything they have previously encountered. Another trip through the looking glass of gangland Los Angeles from the director of Training Day, End Of Watch is a similar cocktail of gang bangers, street crime and gritty drama all filmed in a documentary style that owes much to the YouTube generation.
Summary: I really really liked the opening scene. But I guess the film is not as intense as it tried to be, there are some unrealistic scenes and I wish they could have utilized that camera Gyllenhaal was holding throughout the film. I always love Michael Peña as family-man cop.
Summary: Rookie cops Taylor and Zavala patrol some of the roughest streets in L.A. - using a variety of hand-held footage - from gang member's and police dash cams - the audience is given an intimate connection to the gritty drama. Okay this is going to be a short review for this movie so let's go.the acting is good and I like that it is a found footage movie.
Excerpt: End of Watch is no stranger to the hard core cop drama's of the past. The movie is also original in its documentary style of story. That particular style makes it to mumbo-jumbo'd to make it as grab you and keep you on the hook to the very end. Jake Gyllenhall and Michael Pena give solid performances but in my opinion the film is over-rated. Universal's blu looks very good and sounds average. Average extra's round out this good release.
Excerpt: Dare I say End of Watch is my favorite 'found footage' film (or at least majority 'found footage' film)? District 9 would be far and away my top pick, but I don't feel comfortable putting that film in the found footage genre. There have been too many lately, but among the pack are standouts. Chronicle is great, Paranormal Activity is effectively scary for its shoestring budget (forget its sequels), but End of Watch just elevates the genre to a respectable level.
Summary: For once the so-called "found footage" aspect enhances a film rather than being incorporated as some kind of gimmick. It helps that Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña work so well in their roles as a pair of cocky street cops who finds themselves in the crosshairs of a cartel. Even the relationship aspect works well. Those who like gritty cop dramas should check this one out.
Summary: Two things I am tired of in movies are the hand-held "I am taking this film" technique and the inability of a half dozen people at point blank range with military grade weapons being until to hit their target. If you love cop films you might like this one, but I found it tedious.
Excerpt: I would say Lethal Weapon 4 but Rush Hour 2 is more recent and Rush Hour 3 wasn't as good as the 2nd. This film is better than Rush Hour 2, this "buddy cop" film is up there with Lethal Weapon or even Beverly Hills Cop because of its pure action and drama. Is it as good as Lethal Weapon? No, however this movie is a combination of Lethal Weapon and Training Day almost. It has the action and comedy of Lethal Weapon mixed with the realistic life of cops in L.A.
Summary: Not a bad movie. The found footage concept is week but at least it is a different genre. Kind of a pointless movie but seemed to pace well. An interesting rental for someone looking for a different type of crime/action movie. just OK.
Excerpt: "Let's go fight crime." It may not win Oscars or any awards, it may not even have respect from certain viewers and film critics, but for this reviewer, it was pure non-stop entertainment from start to finish. One of the best cop movies around. For additional authenticity, Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña had to undergo training for their roles as officers of the Los Angeles Police Department including ride alongs 3 times a week.