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4.0 out of 5 stars A steel cagw with grey bars...., 28 Jan. 2014
This review is from: End Of Watch - Limited Edition Steelbook (Blu-ray + DVD) [2012] (Blu-ray)
What Ayer has done here has taking the Cop thriller sub-genre and really added something to the mix.

Jake Darko (can't spell the surname, sorry) introduces the film with a wonderful monologue about life as a cop. He spends almost the entirety of the film behind a camera one way or the other, and is aided by trusty partner, Pena.

As the old cliché goes, they are the best of friends, and if one gets hurt, the other would help their family, blah, blah, blah, it's the usual fodder, and this is why it isn't a ten.

Luckily, Darko and Pena have amazing chemistry, and are really believable as partners, and as for the realism of the film, I couldn't possibly comment, as I am not a member of the LAPD, nor am I a gang member.

But one thing for real, it sure felt real, and then some.

From the upstart, the film has a brooding, almost sinister quality to it, as you know that, for some uncomfortable reason, the film isn't going to end in a happy way.

Half way through the film, it really gives the game away by having a marriage and having the two main couples talk about growing old together, again another tired cliché. One of the cast may as well have worn a target.

But these are only minor flaws, because the rest of the film is unflinching, and really doesn't glamorise what it's like to be an officer of the law. Silly films like Bad Boys make you think it would be cool, this will make you think different.

Believe me, if you've applied to join the police, avoid this movie.

Characters feel stereotyped, but somehow real, and the action is in your face, especially the final 20 minutes, which are really tense and un-nerving, like an evil twin of the last twenty of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

Darko in my opinion, has never been better, and Pena is as good as always.

Female members of the cast (partners) get pushed to he side a little, but if they were not in it, and only mentioned by name, it wouldn't really ruin the narrative.

It's easily the best cop drama since NARC, and one of the biggest surprises of 2012
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