End of Watch Reviews
What a piece of absolute horse shit. What an abysmal, offensive, grotesque piece of crap, that, to add insult to injury, is filmed in the worst way possible - found footage. That half star is for Gyllenhaal. The rest of this movie can go fuck itself.
End of Watch is a great crime thriller starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Micheal Peña. Both put on fantastic performances as two buddy cops in an unnamed city that sort of is what like Dallas, Texas is what I imagined if it had a lot more gangbangers. Some 'found footage' technique is used here, but there also is some work done with an auctual film crew. The movie is great, it got me hooked on I the two relatable and well developed characters and the ending was just simply incredible. There is a lot of disturbing imagery and the film gets very dark and gritty the more you watch it. I really was shocked at some of the scenarios the two main characters were placed in.Please watch it if you have the chance
Everyone has an actor that has makes you excites you for a film or makes you watch a film that you have no interest, and one of those actors for me is Jake Gyllenhaal, so I watched this film when it came out but now with "Suicide Squad" approaching I wanted to see David Ayer´s directorial style so I rewatched this 2012 film and I have to say it wasn't as bad as I remembered. "End of Watch" has two solid and charismatic performances by Gyllenhaal and Peña, the pacing is more than solid it is consistent, the two main characters have believable chemistry, the comedy is actually funny or at the very least charming, and its action sequences are more than exciting thanks to its mashup directing style (this is found footage mixed with documentary and standard), particularly the ending. But regardless this film has many problems. The acting of the supporting cast is just awful (it feels like they waste their budget on getting Peña, Gyllenhaal and Kendrick so they only managed to get cheap actors for the rest of the cast), it has tonal issues as you can literally go from our two lead laughing and hanging out to LA violence, the story comes off as rushed as many of its scenes don't feel intertwined and the editing doesn't help either (while I respect the fact that Ayer tried to go the opposite direction of the corrupt cops from "Training Day", this script is just poorly written and more than predictable), and its directing style comes off as obnoxious very often. Granted it works in the action sequences when there is shaky cam or you cut from a handheld shot to an average shot scene (where the camera is placed correctly) it disorients you.
"End of Watch" is an interesting failure that while I give full props for trying to tell a grounded story of the LAPD in the most realistic way possible, it still has a rushed story and its directing style doesn't completely work and will take you out of the film in more than one occasion. Nice try Ayer but not nice enough as other than the two leads and the found footage like style there isn't much to say about this film.