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 August 31, 2014
This movie was great. I went in thinking it was going to be so-so...once it it started I was pulled in. All the actors in this movie had great performances. I laughed, cried and felt nervous at times. Overall, great movie. This movie is NOT for kids. I was completely shocked to see a mother come in with her son who was maybe 10 years of age. ADULTS ONLY PLEASE!
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!
Written May 07, 2015
Seriously one of the best cop movies made. The two main characters have great chemistry and the action was intense. The dialogue was good, the supporting cast was good, their was really not much I didn't like about the film. As a man who once worked with cops I have to say that this is probably one of the closest to the real thing, where normal civilians get a small taste of what cops and their families go through in the world of law enforcement.