All audience reviews of End of Watch

  • Tension-Filled Cop-Buddy Thriller

    Rajiv Menon

    Desimartini | Updated - January 29, 2013 08:59 AM IST
    3.3DM (140 ratings)

    Verdict - Must watch

    End of WatchWatch trailerRelease date : January 25, 2013

    It looks like writer-director David Ayer has dedicated his life to make edge-of-the-seat cop thrillers with conviction and undying passion. It was “Training Day” in 2001, followed by “Harsh Times” in 2006 and finally, “Street Kings” in 2008. Just when we were beginning to assume that the director has finally given up on the idea, Ayer returns strongly like never before with a high-octane cop-buddy thriller called “End of Watch”, which is more or less about the lives of cops in the Bronx of LA, but what differentiates this latest installment in the “It's yet another cop story” franchise is the striking found-footage style filmmaking.

    Two young officers, Brian Taylor (Jake) and Mike Zavala (Pena) are best friends and inseparable partners in the line of work. Known for their offbeat working style, though the duo is highly appreciated by near and dear in the department, but are always warned for their “I can handle it” attitude. On one of their patrols, Brian and Mike come in contact with a drug-lord, after which they find themselves marked for death by the cartel. Before it's too late, the cop-buddies should figure out who wants them dead and see if they can stop it.

    Shot completely in pseudo-documentary and found-footage style, “End of Watch” may not have a new story to tell, but definitely tell us an old story in the most enjoyable fashion with lot of detailing. It focuses a lot on the unadulterated friendship between Brian and Mike who share such a lovely relationship that even brothers from the same mother may not share.

    It's sad we've had films on cops and their lives, but never a film strictly about the inside out of a cop and his line of work, which includes things like doing the paper work, protecting partner's back etc. In the opening scene, hot on pursuit, Jake introduces himself as just another cop with a badge, and behind that badge, like every policeman, he too has a heart that bleeds. These few lines may sound clich\xe9d but they're intelligent, self-explanatory and help in setting up the premise quite early on in the film.

    This is not a hardcore action film. The hilarious conversations the two have when patrolling gives the film a much needed dose of comic relief that doesn't appear artificial or made up, but very natural and smooth. The range of topics they cover in their conversations places special emphasis on the depth of their relationship. And since they sound unscripted throughout the film, Jake and Michael appear natural and shine in their respective roles.

    Jake as the ex-marine-turned-cop with special interest in filmmaking, throws in a memorable performance that's sure to go unnoticed, while Pena, in what I see as his career best role, may very likely have caught the attention of Oscar jury.

    As entertaining and engaging as it appears mostly, “End of Watch” has a mix of several sinister, violent, and emotionally affecting scenes that are not recommended for everyone. It doesn't matter even if you're not a fan of this genre, I'd still recommend this film as many as I know.

    In essence; “End of Watch” may have just superseded “Training Day”.

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  • Rajiv Menon

    Rajiv Menon

    154 Reviews , 89 Followers
    Rated 4.0January 29, 2013

    Tension-Filled Cop-Buddy Thriller

    It looks like writer-director David Ayer has dedicated his life to make edge-of-the-seat cop thrillers with conviction and undying passion. It was more

  • Danish Bagdadi

    Danish Bagdadi

    282 Reviews , 53 Followers
    Rated 4.0January 25, 2013

    Riveting Watch

    We have seen countless “realistic” and “gritty” cop dramas in Hollywood and particularly in the past decade there seems to have been a more

  • Nikhil Arora

    Nikhil Arora

    213 Reviews , 368 Followers
    Rated 4.0January 24, 2013

    Mi Amigo

    Here is a film that comes out of nowhere and goes straight for your gut. End of Watch is about two cops on duty. We spend roughly three months more