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!
Written September 27, 2012
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 September 24, 2014
My wife and i went to see End Of Watch last night, It was great from start to finish. My wife on the other hand was not to thrilled about some of the things that were shown. I just reminded her that not all Law Enforcement Officers have those types of days and nights. It just depends on the sector that you are assigned to. I myself work in Law Enforcement, however, I work on the incarcerated side of the house and she knows that my goal is to go on the road so she got very worried when she saw the fire fighting scenes,. I think that she thought about me being involved in those types of situations especially since officer Taylor was a Marine and im a Marine veteran of 12 years. She asked me did i really want to go on the road. I told her it's the best way to advance in my career. I wouldn't advise anyone who has a weak stomach to see this movie I have been on some ride alongs with Police Officers the best one was a suspect seen with a gun. We drove at high speeds to get there.
Written October 23, 2014
I'll keep this rather quick...
- the moving camera is by far the worst thing going for this movie. I get it's supposed to be a sign of the times we live in but it was outright annoying.
- Jake Gyllenhaal's character seemed too bright to be an LA beat cop. Not that cops can't be bright but I needed a little insight as to how he ended up there.
- The end. I still don't know why the last scene is the last scene
- A very accurate portrait of police life. (i don't know if LA gang violence is still at the pitch the movie gives it, but it makes for a good nemesis.)
- The writer goes a long long way to get you to like these guys so the end is worth the trip.
- This is the type of cop movie Hollywood has been trying and failing to make since Colors. It's a full on sensory experience. A Sweet, funny, gross, tense, hardcore, sad, action packed, angry, adrenalin shot of a movie....and it's almost perfect.
Written August 31, 2014
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.