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Unlike David Ayer's previous Training Day, this La cop drama has a deadly serious and sentimental reverence for the boys in blue

David Ayer is the screenwriter who created the corrupt Los Angeles narcotics cop in Training Day (2001), a fantastically juicy role which won Denzel Washington his second Oscar. But now, as both writer and director, Ayer has put together a pious cop bromance, and it's like sitting through a dozen episodes of a slightly disappointing TV show. End of Watch is of course set in those mean gangbanging streets of South Central Los Angeles, but unlike Training Day this one has a deadly serious and sentimental reverence for the boys in blue. Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña are Brian and Mike, two smart, courageous officers who through cop instinct bust open drug and human-trafficking rings run by the Mexican cartels, and now the rumour is that a revenge »

- Peter Bradshaw

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