End of Watch 2012

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Two LAPD cops find themselves on a drug cartel's death list in this gritty action drama from writer/director David Ayer. Patrolling the mean streets of south central Los Angeles, cops Taylor (Jake Gyllenhaal) and Zavala (Michael Pena) intercept a car, confiscating money and guns belonging to a local cartel.

Starring:
Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Pena
Runtime:
1 hour 44 minutes

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End of Watch

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Crime
Director David Ayer
Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Pena
Supporting actors Frank Grillo, America Ferrera, Cody Horn, Natalie Martinez, Anna Kendrick, David Harbour
Studio Studiocanal
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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3.9 out of 5 stars

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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By T. S. C. VINE VOICE on 22 Jun 2013
Format: DVD
As you may have noticed, the reviews of this film are up and down; some praise it to the nines, others think it's a load of huey! Well each to their own I guess. If we all liked the same things, ate the same food, listened to the same music, talked the same and looked the same it would be a colossally boring world hey?

I had my preconceptions before I watched the film, but very quickly they dissolved and what I found rather than the usual utterly violent, gritty, angry, tough American cop drama, was a film that although about two police officers working in Los Angeles' very dangerous South Central area, known for violent gangs and big drug dealers and murders and violent crimes by the dozen, is actually a bromance, about two friends on the same 'beat' telling jokes to each other, swearing, laughing, being offensive and making sleazy jokes about their women, you know typical guys everywhere, as they ride around their pitch in LA. What happens, and I won't go over the plot or spoil it for you, is they cross serious players and then the film kicks into another gear as they become marked men. Both lead actors in the movie are very good and watchable and convincing, Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena, who play the cop buddies, and there is an outstanding performance by an actor called Maurice Compte who plays 'Big Evil'; not a guy you'd want to cross in an alley on a light night let alone a dark night!

All in all, a very enjoyable, if violent, cop movie with a difference.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Rob Williams on 1 Sep 2013
Format: DVD
I saw a trailer to this movie back a few weeks ago and it must be said it looked all a bit.. ho hum... seen it all before.
The reviews came out and they were positive so I gave it a go, not expecting too much...boy was I wrong!
Filmed almost documentary style, gritty, snappy dialogue from the great two leads (Peria and Gyllenhaal) this is pretty much like a two hour episode of the superb US TV show The Shield.
Not just one of the surprise packages of the year, but one of the standout films of 2012.

Unmissable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Yohji on 9 Oct 2014
Format: DVD
Two LAPD cops bond whilst pursuing their lives and taking on an ultra-violent Mexican drug cartel.

This is 110 minutes about how the LAPD are awesome (or at least the biggest, baddest gang). It's almost formless as our duo bounce from case to case, with shoot-outs, car-chases and bare-knuckle boxing.

Inbetween they bond over a remixed white-Hispanic version of the race-baiting banter that made "48 HRS" great, whilst discussing their love lives. It's defiantly up-PC, utterly masculine and often very funny.

Mostly this is conveyed through a "found footage" approach: shaky footage from camcorders and lapel cams. Sometimes it's just shot normally. At it's worst it's nauseating, at it's best it's sublime (especially the night lights of LA).

Things gradually escalate - both professionally and emotionally - until our heroes end up trapped in an alley with no escape... Thankfully none of this is sugar-coated; it might be over the top but it's rough and raw too.

It ends with a gut-punch. Among the recent cops'n'gangs dreck, this is good stuff.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By J. Morris TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 20 Nov 2012
Format: Blu-ray
End of Watch features Jake Gyllenhaal (Source Code) as Officer Brian Green and Michael Peña (Battle: Los Angeles) as his partner Officer Mike Zavala. The guys patrol a predominately Hispanic neighbourhood in down-town L.A. with a reputation for violence. The hood-mounted-camera based opening scenes see the guys get the baddies and the two become the cocksure heroes of the department. But when they continue to make strides in denting crime in the area, they step on the toes of some much more serious cartel criminals who have no respect for the law. As we see Officer Green and Zavala's personal lives bloom, it becomes clear that they are risking their lives on and off the job for the thrill of the chase, will they make it home alive?

Filmed as a series of POV cameras (either the hand-held the guys carry, their button cams or the mandatory dash/hood cams) this film documents the rise of two young and upcoming stars of the L.A.P.D. - both actors provide a tangible and affable relationship that really comes across - they honestly seemed to be the best of friends and this made the story and surrounding plotlines extremely believable. Anna Kendrick (Up In The Air) plays Gyllenhaal's plausible love-interest and deserves some credit for carrying the slower emotional side of the story - however the action is frenetic and continual.
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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful By K. Gordon TOP 500 REVIEWER on 15 Dec 2012
Format: Blu-ray
Interesting, moving, tense if sometimes uneven mix of very rough,
hand-held visual style, improvisational feeling acting, and occasionally
much more conventional plot turns. This study of two slightly gonzo,
gung-ho, but basically righteous Los Angeles cops is alternately deeply
engrossing and affecting, and occasionally frustrating.

When it all works, it feels about as real as any police drama I've ever
seen. (It's also too rare to see an heroic Hispanic lead character in a film
about a city where Latinos make up a huge part of the population)

When it gets in it's own way -- as when the camera-work becomes so
self-conscious that you start thinking about it (Why do so many
characters just happen to have cameras? Why are many of the shots from
angles that could never be from a home video camera, if this is
following a "found video" conceit?) or when the acting occasionally
stops feeling real and suddenly comes off as self- conscious improv. Or
when our heroes are in firefights that look real, but follow Hollywood
rules of logic as to how they turn out. At those points the film can be
maddening, just for undermining how good it is when it's on target.

Still, very worth seeing, and far more interesting than most of what
comes out of Hollywood.
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