End of Watch
Director : David Ayer
Cast : Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Pena, Anna Kendrick
Genre : Drama
Country of Origin : USA
Language : English 109 mins.
Rating : ****
Written and directed by David Ayer this documentary-style guns and drugs South Los Angeles cop movie sees mouthy show-off, Taylor (Jake Gyllenhaal) and close friend, family man partner, Zavala cruising the suburban streets and dealing with everything from Latino-Black gang rivalry to rescuing children from a house fire to breaking up a human-trafficking ring. Add a bit of romance between Taylor and Janet (Anna Kendrick) and expected cop camaraderie and we're there.
A routine traffic stop by Taylor and Zavala results in the confiscation of a cache of money, firearms and drugs from a notorious south-of-the border cartel who place a contract on both cops.
End of Watch has an episodic feel about it and the use of video footage from Taylor's college project filming the day-to-day experiences of a LA cop gives it a slightly disjointed feeling. Nevertheless, I enjoyed it and Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena give great performances. Pity about the LA based baddies - caricature figures lifted from a comic whose dialogue barely went beyond three repetitive obscenities and their use of an iphone to film their capers was stupid beyond belief. It didn't work.