Movie Review: End of Watch (2012)

End of Watch is an edgy buddy cop movie that has the rawness of a YouTube clip and the intensity of UFC.

The film is filmed with a first person perspective most of the time, thanks to a silly premise that Brian Taylor (Jake Gyllenhaal) is making a film project for his pre-law elective, but once you get used to it after the first 30 minutes, it gets better. The story follows Taylor and his partner Mike Zavala (Michael Peña) as street cops in the down-trodden parts of Los Angeles where they get caught up in gang wars and drug cartel operations.

The movie is unique because of the aforementioned first person perspective, which was used in The Blair Witch Project and Chronicle, and it uses the in-your-face approach to generate tension. I really felt the emotions conveyed by the characters, despite the relatively simple story arc.

End of Watch will get people going not because of the big explosions, but its ability to put the audience in a very good vantage point where the real police action happens.

Rating: 4/5

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