Written January 29, 2015
This is a must see movie if you like cop movies or shows. You really felt like you were riding along with them. The hand held cameras were a little hard to handle sometimes but the story line and the wonderful partnership and friendship between the two police officers make you forget the camera. If you are a fan of Southland, you will definintely love this movie. Wonderful actors and very entertaining, Not for younger viewers, very graphic and lots and lots of the F word, almost too much I thought until the next day I listened to an actual recording of city police in a shoot out with cartel (in another state) and realized it did sound the same and the vocabulary was the same. Made me thankful I live 41 miles east of L.A.
Written December 28, 2014
The movie was pretty good, but to me it did not have enough action. If you are thinking this movie is going to be all action then this movie is not for you. The movie at times seemed to drag on but could have had a lot more action. The two main characters were pretty funny, but over all the movie was "OK." This movie was for sure a cop movie.
Written July 29, 2015
I LIVE IN CHICAGO,... WHERE CRIME NEVER STOPS. SO YOU GET YOUR CROOKED COPS, YOU GOT THE COPS THAT GO BY THE BOOK,.. THEN YOU HAVE THE COPS THAT ARE ABOUT HELPING THEIR COMMUNITY. THESE COPS IN THE "END OF WATCH" ARE THOUGHS TYPE OF COPS. THEIR ARE PARTS IN THE MOVIE WHERE YOU JUST SAY TO YOUR SELF "WHAT THE FAACK?" THEN YOU COME TO THINK, YEAH YEAH I CAN SEE THAT HAPPENING HERE IN CHICAGO. CRACK HEADS, DRUNKS, GANG BANGING. THESE COPS ARE BEST OF FRIENDS AND THEY MAKE IT CLEAR TO EACH OTHER, "YOU DIE AND ILL TAKE CARE OF YOUR FAMILY FOR LIFE". I LOVE THIS MOVIE AND I CANT WAIT UNTIL I CAN GET IT ON DVD/BLUE RAY.
Written January 30, 2015
I was skeptical about how and whether I would enjoy a movie shot by handheld cameras. I loved the experience of watching the entire film, except some cheesy dialogue. The camaraderie and friendship shown between the two main characters is very 'scripted', but the cinematography, direction and casting (especially the gangs) pull together to compel a very immersed experience in cinema. I was reminded of the show COPS, from time to time, with a story and a good looking crew of characters.
The Pluses: Cinematography, Direction, Casting
The minuses: Largely Predictable Storyline, Cheesy Screenplay, Art Direction
Warning: If you are prone to nausea from watching shaky film footage, this is one movie you might want to sit out.
Written September 23, 2012
Gritty? Definitely! Realistic? Absolutely! Brutal? Immensely! Entertaining? Oh my, YES!!
I don't understand why Michael Pena and Jake Gyllenhaal are not at the top of everyone's best actor list this year. Their chemistry is off the charts. Add their performances to a top notch script that is filled with heart, humor and tension and you've got a film that defines what we go to movies for. And for all of it's action and violence, the real story is the loving friendship between the two main characters. Absolutely authentic. I loved this movie!