Quick Verdict – The fuzz are coming
This is a prime example of a film that should not be judged by the trailer. Like most films, I will have watched a trailer at some point, and formed an opinion on that brief 2 minute clip. That clip will most times, make you have a snap decision as to whether you watch it or not. In the case of End of Watch it was a no for me. Didn’t look too appealing, and looked like a mass of all LA cop/gang films I’d seen in the past. If anything it looked like the cop version of Grand Theft Auto.
End of Watch came and went at the cinema, was released on DVD and that was the end of that. I’m always discussing movies I’ve watched with my friends, and last year was told how great End of Watch was. Didn’t think too much of it till I spotted a bargain bucket £3 DVD of it last week. Thought I’d give it a go and wow! What a film.
The best way to describe it, is like a feature film version of the American Reality Show COPS. We follow LAPD police officers Brian Taylor (Jake Gyllenhaal) and Mike Zavala (Michael Peña) round the mean streets of Los Angeles. When they start making a name for themselves through some big time busts, they inadvertently become targets of a notorious drug cartel.
Brian is filming a documentary, so the film is put together cutting between shots of his documentary and seamlessly woven into normal camera shots. It is tense, thrilling and I was gripped from the first moments. At the end I felt like I hadn’t breathed for an hour and forty-five minutes. It is thrilling ride along and one should definitely watch, and proves the theory, don’t judge a film by its trailer.
Watch this if you like –
- Training Day
- Street Kings