End of Watch starts off by introducing us to two South Central police officers who are in pursuit of two suspects and ends in a shootout with both suspects being killed. Both officer Taylor (Jake Gyllenhaal) and officer Zavala (Michael Pena) are cleared to return to work a couple weeks later.
The opening scene is giving a little taste of what to expect throughout the rest of the movie. I knew that there was going to be different points of view for this movie. Since officer Taylor was in a film making class when he returned to work, some parts of the movie were shot from his handheld camera. I didn't enjoy the movie going back and forth between the handheld camera and the 3rd person camera for the audience to get a better view of certain scenes.
They are forced to work into a new area located in South Central and stumble upon a bust that leads the two officers to something they weren't ready for. They are now wanted men and have a bounty over their heads.
End of Watch is not all about police duty though. There's a side plot about the personal life between officer Taylor and his girlfriend Janet (Anna Kendrick). We see how the two grow closer together throughout the film.
The thing I enjoyed about the movie the most was the humor side of it. There are a couple of parts when the officers are in the car together just talking to one another about their own personal lives and it gives the audience a little taste of what it's like to be an actual cop. It's not all serious business for them and they have fun once in a while. Gyllenhaal mentioned that they spent over five months and 50 ride alongs with LAPD and Inglewood PD for this role. They wanted to make it as realistic as possible and I believe they did a fine job.
Overall, it was a great cop movie. There were some graphic parts but that's part of their jobs since they deal with criminals every single day. It was great being about to get a glimpse of what cops do daily and you gain a lot of respect for them. I know, it's not everyday they try to bust a drug cartel but the other little incidents throughout the movie are what I imagine happens. I will warn you though, you might cry at the end of the movie.
Verdict: Go see it in theaters.
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