Written August 27, 2014
What struck me most about this film is how well they gave a picture of what police officers are up against every day- at least in LA. It is akin to being in a war zone. And yet, the every day things like missing kids and fires and animal problems are all part of the picture. This movie was very well acted and it really showed the human side of men in this profession and the kind of life they lead. It becomes even more amazing when one sees how much they are committed to their intimate relationships.
And, like war, they are always out there putting their lives on the line.
If you are sensitive to foul language you are in for a long evening. It may have been over the top but they seemed to be making a point about the character of gang members.
Overall it was an enjoyable watch and if you are pretty thick skinned with violence and language it is worth a view.
Written September 23, 2012
As angry as I am most times with the police, I'm surprised that there are cop movies that can move me, and this one certainly did. It succeeds mainly because it humanizes the cops by spending most of the film on their relationship. They are just two guys with a sense of humor and also a heart for the people in the hood, those who deserve their heart. Of course, with bad guys they are ruthless.
The film all comes together the last 45 minutes. Before then, I was wondering "okay, where is this going?" but it finally go there and did it well.
Written November 24, 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 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 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!