Movie Review: End of Watch (2012)

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Cops are an important part of our society. Sure, a lot of them are corrupted and take bribes and some have shot innocent people (mostly black people for whatever reason) without reason, in turn killing them. But there are a few cops out there who actually do their fucking job properly. There are also a lot of movies about cops out there… most of them portraying cops as these badasses who can’t be beaten. It is incredibly rare to find a cop movie with some kind of realistic portrayal of the officers out there. But back in 2012 there came a movie that people claimed was a realistic portrayal of some officers. Well we will see about that in my review of said movie!

Sirs and ma’ams… “End of Watch”.

This movie is done in a sort of documenary(ish) way and follows police officers Brian Taylor (Jake Gyllenhaal) and Mike Zavala (Michael Peña). Like I said, they are two police officers and this movie follows their everyday job as officers. You know, patrolling the streets, investigating things and doing some paperwork. But this movie is more about the friendship between the two men and how they as officers often have to deal with tough situations on a day-to-day basis. They even get involved in a little trouble with a certain Mexican-American gang. And what realle sells this movie to me is the realism of the situations and how they are handled. As you may have guessed, I was very interested in the story of this movie. I thought it was well-written, realistic but most importantly; interesting. I really enjoyed watching these two go through their lives and how they would make it through these situations. The story… fucking A-grade writing here!

The characters in this movie didn’t really feel like characters at all to me. They honestly felt like real people, not just actors doing another role even though I was aware that they are actors playing a fictional character. They were not only portrayed so fantastically and realistically, but they were also superbly written! Just listening to the dialogue in this movie was great even though nothing really happened other than people talking. I also gotta give major praise to Gyllenhaal and Peña because not only were their performances fantastic in this movie, but their chemistry was fantastic as well! They really felt like they were real friends and not just two actors sharing time on screen. The dialogue sessions between these two were honestly some of the best scenes in movie history (in my opinion). They were well-written, well-acted, hilarious and even a little bit deep. So yeah, the characters in this movie… realistically portrayed and very well-written.

The music was fantastic in this movie. There weren’t really any new tracks for it, only licensed tracks… but I didn’t mind. The soundtrack really fit the feel that South Central Los Angeles gave away. They were also very fun to listen to because of how nice you could join in on the groove of them. The tracks also worked fantastically with the different situations they and the characters took part in. Also, I am all for Latino pop/rap music (which there was a good amount of in this movie).

Fun fact about his movie: The actors got to come along with real cops to get the feel of how they work while they were preparing for this movie. They rode with them on different jobs to get the feel of it. They also took part in five months of intensive training for their roles. Now wasn’t that interesting? Also, this is one of the few films that have honestly made me cry. It is not easy to make me cry with the help of a movie. And I don’t mean in the “shed a tear” kind of way, but properly cry. Not gonna spoil what happened, but I seriously cried like a little kid… good job movie.

“End of Watch” is one of those movies that got good reception all across the board (except for those assholes who hate everything that is considered good). On Rotten Tomatoes it has an 85% score with a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a 68/100. Roger Ebert really liked it, giving it 4/4 stars and said:

“one of the best police movies in recent years, a virtuoso fusion of performances and often startling action” 

On imdb.com this movie has a score of 7,7/10.

With some great performances, well-written story, well-written dialogue, great music, great action and some of the best on-screen chemistry I have ever seen in a movie (Gyllenhaal and Peña), this movie is one I really liked. Time for the final score. My final score for “End of Watch” is a 9,81/10 which grants it the “SEAL OF APPRVOAL!”
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“End of Watch” is now reviewed.

Bad boys, bad boys, whatcha gonna do, whatcha gonna do when they co… sorry.

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