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Interesting and different 'Cop' film.,
This review is from: End of Watch [DVD]  (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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Initial post: 8 Feb 2015 21:13:33 GMT
I am from the UK and seen action myself. The strangest thing about the whole of all this film, is the reality Brian and Mike share. Each day they have to live, laugh joke and share families with each other, even down to the nitty gritty of sex. Thank you for your critic, I could not have wrote it better myself. The one most important thing is, those bad people died alone. Both those officers have brothers and sisters to stand in the place of the one fallen in their place. No question. That is the deal. Lastly, I would like to mention the end and the quality of film work and script and the excellent send off Mike was given. Everyone was immaculate, so they to could take a brother home. All Police Benevolent funds care for their famillie's and in particular the L.A.P.D and others mentioned from around the States who contributed in the making. These men shared a life and it was good.
Posted on 1 Mar 2015 22:32:48 GMT
Richard Atkins says:
Couldn't have said it better myself.
It was so refreshing to see a US cop based film that felt so real. Beautifully shot and acted, nothing over done and more impactful ad heartwrenching because of it.
And definitely watch without reading any spoilers, even the synopsis and you won't regret it.
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