End of Watch

  • 15
  • David Ayer (2012)
  • US
  • 104 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
3 out of 5

This is another effective cop movie from Training Day writer David Ayer, though it has none of that film's cynical wit and is, in many ways, its polar opposite. Taking the horror genre's almost totally clapped-out found footage gimmick to the mean streets of Los Angeles, we see uniformed cops Taylor (a shaven-headed Jake Gyllenhaal) and Zavala (Michael Peña) stumble across the activities of a Mexican drug cartel, with violent and tragic repercussions. The film is shot almost wholly on handheld cameras (explained by Taylor being enrolled on a film course, and documenting his job as part of a project), and the relentless shakycam will irritate some viewers. Much of the movie's appeal relies on the convincing relationship between the wisecracking cop duo, with equal weight given to their personal and professional lives. But though appealingly acted and well directed, this is at times crudely manipulative, with the LAPD implausibly painted as spotless saints and the criminals sketched as barely human.

Plot Summary

Two Los Angeles cops make their regular patrol of the city, dealing with petty offences while one records their lives on camera for a documentary project. The officers end up in over their heads when they stumble on evidence that could bring down a drug cartel, putting them squarely in the gang's firing line. Crime thriller, with Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena.

Cast and crew


Officer Brian Taylor
Jake Gyllenhaal
Officer Mike Zavala
Michael Pena
Officer Orozco
America Ferrera
Anna Kendrick
Gabby Zavala
Natalie Martinez
Frank Grillo
Officer Davis
Cody Horn
Officer Van Hauser
David Harbour
Mr Tre
Cle Sloan
Captain Reese
Jaime FitzSimons


David Ayer

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Studio Canal
Violence, swearing, sexual references, drug abuse.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 23 Nov 2012
Certificate 15

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