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Drama - Police

End of Watch (2012)

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Two young police officers patrol the crime ridden streets of gangland Los Angeles, one of them filming their activities using a variety of video cams, hand held, attached to their uniforms and on the dashboard of their patrol car. They make inroads into the activities of the drug cartels, capturing drug mules, discovering human trafficking and finding bodies and are warned to consider alternative areas of work by heavily armed FBI men. Their personal lives progress, the wife of one giving birth and the relationship of the other results in marriage, but how will it all end?


Bits of the movie take place in the police station, but most of it out on the streets as the cops take on the robbers, even before the opening titles there is a car chase resulting in a shoot out and the two villains being put down. There-after much gritty hand held camera stuff and a lot of gunfire, the police always with hand guns, the villains mostly with machine guns. There is no nudity, a bit of implied sex, some smoking of hash and a great deal of swearing, some say a record number of the “f” word.

A View The video camera stuff is irritating to start with, but as the movie progresses either we get used to it, or the filming becomes more conventional – actually it is probably both. It was well liked by the critics, and while I can’t say I liked it, it became totally riveting as it moved into the third act, and the cards are stacked up against our heroes, so definitely a watch for nothing if you are a cops and robbers enthusiast.
Duration 1h 49m Rating (UK) 15
Source of story An original screenplay
Director David Ayer
Writers/Script David Ayer
Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Peña, Natalie Martinez, Anna Kendrick, David Harbour, Frank Grillo
Additional Info This outing cost about $7 million and made double the production cost on its first weekend. The stars spent five months preparing but the filming only took 22 days.


About Victor R Gibson

Author of this site three technical books and two novels


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