End of Watch

From the desk of The Movie Snob.

End of Watch  (A-).  I had heard that this cop movie starring Jake Gyllenhaal (Source Code) and Michael Pena (Babel) was good, but it was even better than I was expecting.  Gyllenhaal and Pena are Brian and Mike, a couple of ordinary cops in Los Angeles, and basically the movie plays like a documentary about life on the beat.  (Brian is supposedly filming stuff for a film class, but that has no bearing on the plot.)  I have no idea how accurate the movie is to real life, but it felt very real.  Brian and Mike aren’t sticklers for the rules, but they are plainly decent guys who enjoy being cops and who are good at their job.  Along with plenty of tense moments in the field, we also get to see glimpses of their personal lives, with Mike’s pregnant wife and Brian’s new girlfriend (an unexpected Anna Kendrick, 50/50).  America Ferrera leaves Ugly Betty far behind as another cop on the force who turns up from time to time.  Suspense begins to build as the two buddies unwittingly cross a drug cartel that is trying to solidify a base in south-central L.A., and by the end I was on the edge of my seat.  I thought it was a very interesting movie with some fine performances.  It’s not for the squeamish, but I highly recommend it.

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5 comments on “End of Watch

  1. […] Perfect  (B-).  The ubiquitous Anna Kendrick (End of Watch) strikes again in this rather predictable tale about Beca (Kendrick), a college misfit who joins a […]

  2. […] last Bourne movie, and I still haven’t seen Skyfall, but even if I had I bet I would still pick End of Watch, a cop-buddy movie that had me engrossed from beginning to end.  Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena […]

  3. […] to see if the Americans will treat the vanquished as badly as the Nazis did.  Director David Ayer (End of Watch) is definitely a filmmaker to keep an eye on, as only a few “Hollywoodized” and […]

  4. […] speech, etc …, etc …, etc … The performances were fine. Jake Gyllenhaal (End of Watch) and Jamie Foxx (Ray) are good. Chris Cooper (The Company Men) has a brief, but memorable […]

  5. […] marriage.  Then she gets a package from her long-ago ex-husband Edward (Jake Gyllenhaal, End of Watch).  It’s the manuscript of his new novel, Nocturnal Animals, and we see the novel play out on […]

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