End of Watch

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End of Watch

David Ayer (2012)

15 Certificate


Our Score
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.


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 & Crew

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

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Studio CanalGuidance: Violence, swearing, sexual references, drug abuse. Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 23 Nov 2012