Sunday 14 July 2013

Film Review - End of Watch

It takes a while to get going, but once it does it really does. I'm a bit bored of the shaky cam format, but it works reasonably well in this context. It's about two cops on street patrol who find themselves mixed up with Cartel business. For most of the film it's them doing regular cop stuff and some glimpses of their home life. It's interesting and in part funny, not great, but entertaining.

Once they get mixed up with the cartel it hots up and the ending is very well done. It's well filmed and the two leads do an excellent job with their roles. The mix of the street patrols and the home life was enough to build the characters, but not enough to slow it down too much.

Overall it's an excellent watch, I'd recommend it.

LAPD police officers Brian Taylor and Mike Zavala are bonded by friendship and a crusade to clean up the violent streets of South Central, Los Angeles. Their mission is to serve and protect, their objective is to survive until the end of watch, that last moment in an officer’s patrol when he’s finally off duty. But when a routine traffic enquiry results in them seizing a large cache of weapons, Brian and Mike are marked for death by a notorious drugs cartel. Thrown into a world of mayhem and carnage, both officers are forced to risk their lives in the name of the law.

Directed by David Ayer (Training Day, Street Kings) and starring Jake Gyllenhaal (Source Code) and Michael Peña (Gangster Squad), End of Watch is a gritty and visceral cop thriller that puts the viewer at the centre of the action.

Buy End of Watch now from Amazon (it's pretty good)

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