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End of Watch (2012)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Thriller  |  21 September 2012 (USA)
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Shot documentary-style, this film follows the daily grind of two young police officers in LA who are partners and friends, and what happens when they meet criminal forces greater than themselves.



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In South Central Los Angeles, street cops Brian and Mike are partners - balls-out cowboys patrolling the streets as Latino gangs are in a power struggle with Blacks. Brian and Mike get lucky a couple of times, making big drug and human-trafficking busts, so a Mexican cartel orders their deaths. We meet Mike's pregnant wife (whom he married out of high school) and watch Brian's search for a soul mate. There are internal squabbles within the ranks of the LAPD and lots of squad-car conversation. Can the lads escape the cartel's murderous reach? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence, some disturbing images, pervasive language including sexual references, and some drug use | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

21 September 2012 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

En la mira  »

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Box Office


$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$13,152,683 (USA) (21 September 2012)


$40,983,001 (USA) (11 January 2013)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Gyllenhaal's character in the movie is a former Marine. Gyllenhaal played a Marine in Jarhead. See more »


When Officers Brian Taylor and Mike Zavala are on night patrol, both characters are wearing white under their Class A uniforms. Night patrol officers wear black under their uniforms. See more »


[first lines]
Brian Taylor: I am the police, and I'm here to arrest you. You've broken the law. I did not write the law. I may even disagree with the law but I will enforce it. No matter how you plead, cajole, beg or attempt to stir my sympathies, nothing you do will stop me from placing you in a steel cage with gray bars. If you run away I will chase you. If you fight me I will fight back. If you shoot at me I will shoot back. By law I am unable to walk away. I am a consequence. I am the unpaid bill. I am ...
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Crazy Credits

This film is dedicated to the men and women of the law enforcement community who face danger daily on our behalf. It is especially dedicated to our fallen heroes who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. This is for all that fight evil so we may not know it. God bless you all. See more »


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Police drama for the Social Media Generation
5 July 2013 | by See all my reviews

The script is so well written, it almost hurts. Almost because it is really just good! And I loved the fact, that it got recognized in America too (at the Box office, it did open at Number 1). While I won't go into the story, the casting of Jake and his partner couldn't have been better. It feels like the guys know each other their whole life. Their interactions with social media and "real" life feel ... well real. Nothing in this movie feels like it is staged for entertainment purposes nor does the dialogue sound fake.

I did write drama, but there is also quite a bit of action in this one. The hand-held approach to some of the scenes does not take anything away from them, it actually heightens the experience most of the time. Of course as an Anna Kendrick fan, I would've loved to see more of her in the movie, but it does belong to our two "heroes" and what they are going through. It's nice to see a movie that keeps in touch with current events, have the courage and the quality to bring that "cop" experience on screen

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