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End of Watch -- Two young officers are marked for death when they confiscate money and firearms from the members of a notorious cartel during a routine traffic stop.
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End of Watch -- Two young officers are marked for death after confiscating a small cache of money and firearms from the members of a notorious cartel, during a routine traffic stop.
End of Watch -- A DEA agent lets Officers Taylor and Zavala know that they've uncovered something bigger than even they imagined.


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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Likable, believable characters make this a realistically funny, intense and emotionally gripping cop movie. See more (345 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jake Gyllenhaal ... Brian Taylor

Michael Peña ... Mike Zavala

Natalie Martinez ... Gabby

Anna Kendrick ... Janet

David Harbour ... Van Hauser

Frank Grillo ... Sarge

America Ferrera ... Orozco
Cle Sloan ... Mr. Tre
Jaime FitzSimons ... Captain Reese

Cody Horn ... Davis

Shondrella Avery ... Bonita

Everton Lawrence ... Man Friend
Leequwid 'Devil' Wilkens ... CK
James 'Pistol' McNeal ... DJ
Zone ... Too Tall
Alvin Norman ... Peanut

Richard Cabral ... Demon
Diamonique ... Wicked

Maurice Compte ... Big Evil
Flakiss ... La La (as Yahira 'Flakiss' Garcia)
Manny Jimenez Jr. ... Casper
Nikki Nicholle Barreras ... Cindy (as Nicholle Barreras)

Michael Monks ... Homicide Detective 1

Hugh Daly ... Homicide Detective 2

Kristy Wu ... Sook

David Castaneda ... Mexican Cowboy (as David Castañeda Jr.)

Candace Smith ... Sharice
Serene Branson ... Herself

Ramon Camacho ... Tall Cowboy

Kevin Vance ... Ice Agent

Corina Calderon ... Jazmine

Eric Garcetti ... Himself

David Fernandez Jr. ... Spooky

Nelly Castillo ... Young Mother

McKinley Freeman ... Williams
John A. Russo ... LAPD Honor Guard
Tom Spencer ... LAPD Chief of Police
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Robert Gatewood ... Illegal immigrant
Jeannie Aguilar ... Orozco's Date (uncredited)
Patrizia Barretto ... Neighbor (uncredited)
Clyde Broom Jr. ... Officer Greene (uncredited)

DTeflon ... Officer Black (uncredited)

Kevin Dunigan ... (uncredited)

Judy Echavez ... Almeida (uncredited)
Pat Fitz ... Police Station Employee (uncredited)

Ruben Roberto Gomez ... Drunken Party Guest (uncredited)

Danielle Hartnett ... (uncredited)
Chivonne Hill ... Sparkly Dress Girl in Alley (uncredited)

Ted Hollis ... Funeral Attendee (uncredited)
Gene Hong ... Officer Cho (uncredited)
Curtis Jermaine ... Officer West (uncredited)

Sli Lewis ... Gangster Crip (uncredited)

Diana Noris ... Maria (uncredited)

Ron Roggé ... Pastor Simons (uncredited)

Tony Sagastizado I ... Neighbor (uncredited)

Tatiana Sarasty ... Zavala Daughter (uncredited)
Mauricio Solis ... Medal of Valor LAPD (uncredited)

Directed by
David Ayer 
Writing credits
David Ayer (written by)

Produced by
Tobin Armbrust .... executive producer
David Ayer .... producer
Paul Anthony Barreras .... associate producer (as Paul 'Sparky' Barreras)
Jason Blumenfeld .... associate producer
Remington Chase .... executive producer
Guy East .... executive producer
Randall Emmett .... executive producer
George Furla .... co-executive producer
Brandon Grimes .... co-executive producer
Mike Gunther .... associate producer
Jake Gyllenhaal .... executive producer
Matt Jackson .... producer
Adam Kassan .... executive producer
John Lesher .... producer
Jillian Longnecker .... co-producer
Stepan Martirosyan .... executive producer
Alex Ott .... co-producer
Jeff Rice .... co-executive producer
Nigel Sinclair .... producer
Chrisann Verges .... executive producer
Ian Watermeier .... co-producer
Original Music by
David Sardy 
Cinematography by
Roman Vasyanov (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Dody Dorn 
Casting by
Lindsay Graham 
Mary Vernieu 
Production Design by
Devorah Herbert 
Art Direction by
Kevin Constant 
Set Decoration by
Betty Berberian 
Costume Design by
Mary Claire Hannan 
Makeup Department
Germicka Barclay .... additional hair stylist
Heather Mages .... key makeup artist
Matthew W. Mungle .... special effects makeup (as Matthew Mungle)
Tina Roesler Kerwin .... department head makeup
Arturo Rojas .... key hair stylist
Waldo Sanchez .... department head hair
Clinton Wayne .... special effects makeup
Lee Gren .... graphic designer specialty tattoos: Tinsley Studio (uncredited)
Veronica Lorenz .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Polly A. Powers .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Robert Wilson .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Production Management
Mads Hansen .... unit production manager (as Mads A. Hansen)
Michael Tinger .... post-production supervisor
Chrisann Verges .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jason Blumenfeld .... first assistant director
Kristen Ploucha .... second assistant director
Ken C. Wu .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Alan Amenta .... labor foreman
Craig Baron .... prop assistant (as Craig R. Baron)
Jarid Boyce .... storyboard artist
Jeffrey Butler .... art department intern (as Jeff Butler)
Jeffrey Butler .... art department intern (as Jeff Butler)
Jeffrey Butler .... graphics assistant (as Jeff Butler)
Cliff Carothers .... construction foreman (as Clifford Carothers)
William Everett Connors .... set dresser
Omar Cruz .... set dresser
Guillaume DeLouche .... armorer
Ron T. Fillion .... set painter
Glenn Forbes .... assistant property master
Seth Goulden .... gang boss
Jen Gustafson .... set decorating intern
Emily Guzman .... art department intern
Alex Hunter .... art department coordinator
David Lombard .... leadman
Amanda Mendonca .... set decorating buyer
Billy Mitchell IV .... set dresser
Terence N. Morgan .... assistant property master (as Terence Morgan)
Robert Papegaay .... paint foreman
Collin Pulsipher .... set dresser (as Collin S. Pulsipher)
Doug Rosenberger .... construction foreman (as Douglass Rosenberger)
Eddie Sanchez .... paint laborer
Bruce G. Smith .... paint supervisor
Linda Stelling .... construction medic
Tommy Tomlinson .... property master
Michael Vines .... property master
Brian Vogelgesang .... on set dresser
Ben Wolcott .... graphic designer
Douglas Womack .... construction coordinator (as Douglas A. Womack)
Kevin L. Raper .... additional graphic artist (uncredited)
David Utley .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Joe Barnett .... re-recording mixer
Ron Bedrosian .... adr mixer
Charlie Campagna .... sound effects recordist
Julio Carmona .... adr recordist
Kimberly Ellis .... dialogue editor (as Kimberly Wilhoit)
Nerses Gezalyan .... foley mixer
Shane Hayes .... adr recordist
Gary A. Hecker .... foley artist
Martín Hernández .... additional audio
Daniel R. Kerr .... sound effects recordist (as Dan Kerr)
Goeun Lee .... additional audio
Christian P. Minkler .... re-recording mixer (as Chris Minkler)
James Moriana .... foley artist
Lisa Pinero .... sound mixer
Andy Potvin .... sound consultant: Dolby
Gary Raymond .... audio playback
Scott Solan .... boom operator
David Stanke .... first assistant sound editor
Patrick Stoltz .... sound re-recording engineer (as Pat Stoltz)
Roland N. Thai .... sound designer (as Roland Thai)
Ceri Thomas .... sound re-recordist
Tami Treadwell .... adr mixer
Brett Voss .... foley mixer
Jeffrey Wilhoit .... foley artist
Michael D. Wilhoit .... supervising sound editor (as Mike Wilhoit)
Zach Wrobel .... sound utility
Omar Blanco .... sound (uncredited)
Kevin Dunigan .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Alejandro Quevedo .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Ric Schnupp .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Blair Foord .... special effects foreman
Kevin Hannigan .... special effects coordinator
Chris Jones .... special effects technician (as Christopher Jones)
Boyd Lacosse .... special effects technician
Vaughn Williams .... special effects technician
Visual Effects by
Adam Avitabile .... visual effects supervisor: Look Effects
Leslie Chung .... compositor: Look Effects
Steve Dellerson .... visual effects executive producer: Look Effects
Chris Flynn .... compositor: Look Effects
Phillip Hoffman .... visual effects producer: Look Effects
Brad Kalinoski .... compositor: Look Effects
Uros Otasevic .... compositor: Look Effects
Gabriel Sanchez .... compositing supervisor: Look Effects
Greg M. Silverman .... digital compositor
Ben Sumner .... compositor: Look Effects
Tina Wallace .... compositor: Look Effects
Chase Bickel .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Seth Brower .... compositor: Look Effects (uncredited)
Gus Duron .... digital opticals editor (uncredited)
Rachel Faith Hanson .... visual effects coordinator (uncredited)
Migs Rustia .... visual effects editor: Look Effects (uncredited)
Eddie Soria .... senior paint artist (uncredited)
Doug Spilatro .... visual effects artist (uncredited)
Paul Stemmer .... visual effects editor (uncredited)
Greg VanZyl .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Mike Wallner .... visual effects artist: Look Effects (uncredited)
Freddy Bouciegues .... stunts
David Anthony Buglione .... stunts (as Dave Buglione)
Eyad Elbitar .... stunts
Michelle Jubilee Gonzalez .... stunts
Chad Guerrero .... stunts
Mike Gunther .... stunt coordinator
Jermaine Holt .... stunts
Sabrina LeBrun .... stunts
Don Lee .... stunts (as Don L. Lee)
Sli Lewis .... stunts
Johnny Michaels .... stunt driver
Joe Ordaz .... stunts
Eddie Perez .... stunts
Gary Robert .... action coordinator
Alex Schoenauer .... stunts
Jose L. Vasquez .... stunts (as Jose Vasquez)
Kyle Woods .... assistant stunt coordinator
Kofi Yiadom .... stunts
Kaily Alissano .... stunts (uncredited)
Martin De Boer .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Roberto C Escobar .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Jake Avignone .... camera operator: "b" camera
Anson Bachbrent .... additional electrician
Salim Benshir .... electrician (as Salim Bensrhir)
Sandy Bloom .... best boy grip
Corey Bringas .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Hector Javier Canales .... grip
Louie Ceredez .... rigging gaffer (as Louie Cercedez)
Matthew Coleman .... rigging best boy electric (as Matthew 'Madman' Coleman)
Chris Culliton .... gaffer (as Christopher Culliton)
Ronald K. De torres .... rigging electrician (as Ronald 'Rocket' Detorres)
Nathan December .... rigging electrician
Ricky Diaz .... grip
James Domkus .... electrician
Andrew Dumas .... first assistant camera: "a" camera (as A. Allen Dumas)
Micky Froehlich .... camera operator: "a" camera (as Mick Froehlich)
Scott Garfield .... still photographer
Bertoldo Gomez .... rigging best boy grip (as Bert Gomez)
Jarek Gorczycki .... best boy electric
Alex Jachno .... rigging electrician
Spook James .... grip
Jason Jensen .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Nicholas Kaat .... electrician
Alan Kaneshiro .... electrician
Bruce Letterman .... grip
David Levich .... key rigging grip
Babak Mansouri .... camera designer: SI-2K Nano (as Bobby Mansouri)
Johnny Martinez .... rigging grip
Chris Maybugh .... grip (as Chris Mayhugh)
Zoran Milosavljevic .... additional electrician (as Hansenzoran Milosavljevic)
Maya Morgan .... digital loader
Richard Niggemeyer .... rigging grip
Marc Polanski .... key grip
Raven .... grip
Robert J. Studenny .... rigging grip (as Robert Studenny)
Dempsey Tillman .... video assist
Arthur To .... digital imaging technician
Joshua Turner .... second assistant camera: "a" camera (as Joshua R. Turner)
Jose Danner .... rigging key grip (uncredited)
Jared Greenstein .... lighting console operator (uncredited)
Douglas S. Holgate .... aerial director of photography (uncredited)
Steve Kagan .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Johnathon R. Martin .... grip (uncredited)
Steve Mathis .... gaffer: additional photography (uncredited)
Erik Gunnar Mortensen .... additional first assistant camera: "b" camera (uncredited)
Chris Soule .... first assistant camera: "c" camera (uncredited)
Casting Department
Johnny Gidcomb .... adr voice casting
Rashé Johnson .... extras casting (as Rashe Johnson)
Wendy Washbrook .... extras casting (as Wendy Treese)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Matt Chase .... key set costumer
Brittany Dier .... costumes production assistant
Meredith Harris .... costumer
Robert Iannaccone .... costume supervisor (as Bob Iannaccone)
Ariel Jutras .... costumes production assistant (as Ariel Jutris)
Branden Marks .... costumer (as Brandon Marks)
Jeff Stanton .... costume assistant (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Angie Alavez .... data operations supervisor: EFilm
Robert Benedict .... apprentice editor (as Bob Benedict)
Kevin Braun .... image science: EFilm
Deborah Brock .... delivery consultant
George Chavez .... lab color timer
Andy Chung .... data operations coordinator: EFilm
Patrick Clancey .... digital opticals editor: EFilm (as Pat Clancey)
Halima K. Gilliam .... first assistant editor
Élodie Ichter .... color assist: EFilm (as Elodie Ichter)
Diana Lieb .... post-production assistant
Amy Pawlowski .... digital intermediate editor: EFilm
Robert E. Phillips .... digital intermediate producer: EFilm (as Rob Phillips)
Tom Reiser .... digital colorist: EFilm
Rosalie A. Staley .... digital intermediate associate producer: EFilm (as Rosalie Staley)
John To .... apprentice editor
Yon Van Kline .... apprentice editor
Matthew Evan Walsh .... post-production coordinator (as Matthew Walsh)
Ken Lebre .... dailies producer (uncredited)
Christopher McDonald .... dailies operator (uncredited)
David Thomas .... digital cinema producer (uncredited)
Location Management
Jaime Abarca Jr. .... assistant location manager (as Jaime Abarca Jr.)
Kojo Lewis .... key assistant location manager
Earl West .... location manager
Mike Woodward .... location coordinator: Caesars Entertainment (uncredited)
Music Department
Cameron Barton .... second engineer
Clint Bennett .... music editor
Gustavo Borner .... score mixer
Ryan Castle .... score mixer
Ryan Castle .... score recordist
Erin Garcia .... additional programming
Dieter Hartmann .... programming
Gabe Hilfer .... music supervisor
Season Kent .... music supervisor
Philip Moross .... executive music producer
Larry Mullins .... percussionist
Chris Newlin .... music editor
Claudia Sarne .... female vocalist (as Claude Sarne)
Asdrubal Sierra .... male vocalist (as Asdru Sierra)
Laura Katz .... music clearance and licensing (uncredited)
Justin Moshkevich .... score mixer (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Dawn Ballou .... driver
Maka Bautista .... driver
Leo Maka Bauutista .... driver (as Maka Bautista)
Bill Benedict .... driver
Mike Berdrow .... driver
Shawn Coulter .... driver
Phyllis Davis .... driver
Ken Day .... driver
Steven Docherty .... dispatcher
Mark Dometrovich .... driver
Scott Duncan .... picture car captain
Steve Duncan .... transportation coordinator
Jeff Hairell .... driver
William Charles Hauer .... driver (as William Hauer)
Bill Lager .... driver
Jose Lopez .... driver: caterer
Dennis V. Mckeehan .... driver
Hans Ramm .... driver (as Hans M. Ramm)
David Severin .... driver
Tim Sisson .... transportation captain
Mike Westra .... driver (as Michael Westra)
Jerry Wilson .... driver
Other crew
Mark Asaro .... production coordinator
Laura Bagano .... craft service
Jonathan Behar .... assistant production coordinator
Alexander Yves Brunner .... executive: Exclusive Media (as Alex Brunner)
Mary Carol Bulger .... legal: Exclusive Media
Gabby Canton .... assistant: Matt Jackson
Sean Carville .... first assistant accountant
Nick Chacon .... technical advisor
Aaron Cohen .... cast security
Amy Cohn .... unit publicist
Grant Cramer .... production executive: Envision Entertainment
Beth Dewey .... main title design producer: Sonicpool-Hollywood
Jaime FitzSimons .... technical advisor
Juliana Guedes .... assistant: Jake Gyllenhaal & Michael Peña
Randy Hermann .... executive: Exclusive Media
Danny Hertz .... cast assistant (as Danny S. Hertz)
John Henry Hinkel .... production intern
JoAnn Fregalette Jansen .... choreographer (as JoAnn Jansen)
Michael Kagan .... production intern
Matt Kelly .... intern: David Ayer
Adam J. Korn .... production financing: Comerica Entertainment Group
Gary Kurashige .... set medic
Ryan Lacen .... set production assistant (as Ryan Michael Lacen)
Jose Lopez .... chef
Nery Arnold Lopez .... catering assistant (as Nery A. Lopez)
Rick Lopez .... weapons consultant
Brittany Margaritis .... office production assistant
Jesse McClung .... intern: David Ayer
Grant McFadden .... office production assistant
Shaun M. McGovern .... production accountant (as Shaun McGovern)
Isaac Mejía .... set production assistant
Richard Mesquita .... martial arts instructor (as Alexander Richard Mesquita)
Justin Mickelson .... set production assistant (as Justin Robert Mickelson)
Sean Murphy .... assistant: John Lesher & Adam Kassan
Cheryl Nelson .... production legal services: Wyman & Isaacs LLP
Phillip Noorani .... assistant: Randall Emmett & George Furla
Simon Oakes .... executive: Exclusive Media
Jay Osterman .... assistant: Randall Emmett & George Furla
Issi Pennell .... craft service assistant
Edward Poveda .... payroll accountant (as Edward M. Poveda)
Natalie Poveda .... accounting clerk (as Natalie M. Poveda)
David Quierolo .... studio teacher (as David Queirolo)
Caroline A. Raufi .... legal: Exclusive Media (as Caroline Raufi)
John Rhodes .... acquisitions assistant
Andrew C. Robinson .... production financing: Comerica Entertainment Group
Shira Rockowitz .... executive: Exclusive Media
Gayle Sandler .... post production accountant: Trevanna Post
Marc Schipper .... executive: Exclusive Media
Mark Schlegel .... technical advisor
Bruce Schluter .... main title designer: Sonicpool-Hollywood
Patricia Scott .... assistant: Nigel Sinclair
Daniel Stutz .... executive: Exclusive Media (as Dan Stutz)
Timothy C. Sullivan .... assistant: Randall Emmett & George Furla (as Tim Sullivan)
Jason Tamasco .... executive assistant: Jillian Longnecker, Co-Producer
Brandon Thompson .... marketing management
Alex Walton .... executive: Exclusive Media
Bobby Weisman .... caterer
Keith Whitehead .... intern: David Ayer
Alex L. Worman .... publicist (as Alex Worman)
Kalie Acheson .... set production assistant (uncredited)
Remington Chase .... aerial coordinator (uncredited)
Remington Chase .... helicopter pilot (uncredited)
Teresa Espinosa .... associate choreographer (uncredited)
Mollie Freilich .... assistant: Business and Legal Affairs (for Exclusive Media) (uncredited)
Matthew Helderman .... production assistant (uncredited)
Matt Lombardo .... additional set production assistant (uncredited)
Fred G. Martinez .... set production assistant (uncredited)
Raul Perez .... production assistant (uncredited)
Mike Rutkowski .... production assistant (uncredited)
Babette Stith .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Michael Alerich .... special thanks
Hannah Allen .... special thanks
Penelope Allen .... special thanks (as Penny Allen)
Al Arthur .... special thanks (as Detective Supervisor Al Arthur, Ret.)
Karl R. Austen .... special thanks (as Karl Austen)
Mireya Ayer .... special thanks
Rudy Barragan .... special thanks (as Sergeant Rudy Barragan)
The Barreras Family .... special thanks
Charles M. Barsamian .... special thanks (as Charles Barsamian)
Charlie Beck .... special thanks (as Chief Charlie Beck)
Mike Blawn .... special thanks: Orange County Fire Authority (as Captain Mike Blawn)
Frank Botman .... special thanks
Gil Carrillo .... special thanks: Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department - Operation Safe Streets Bureau
Neal Cochran .... special thanks: Inglewood Police Department (as Lieutenant Neal Cochran)
Jason Davies .... special thanks
Andrew Drapkin .... special thanks
Darryn Dupree .... special thanks
Todd Feldman .... special thanks
Tara Finegan .... special thanks (as Tara Moross)
Bobby Flay .... special thanks
The Fraijo Family .... special thanks: Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department - Operation Safe Streets Bureau
Pat Gannon .... special thanks (as Deputy Chief Pat Gannon)
Eric Garcetti .... special thanks (as Councilman Eric Garcetti)
Kevin Hearst .... special thanks: Digital Difference
Maxine Hesse .... special thanks: Global Graphics Maps
Egbert Ho .... special thanks
Kim Hodgert .... special thanks
Gene Hong .... special thanks
Kevin Horn .... special thanks: The Gorfaine/Schwartz Agency
The Jetsyns .... special thanks: Pier Entertainment
Robby Koch .... special thanks
Benjamin Kramer .... special thanks (as Ben Kramer)
Christina Liao .... special thanks
Robert A. Lopez .... special thanks (as Captain Robert A. Lopez)
Babak Mansouri .... special thanks
Michael Mansouri .... special thanks
Eric McDonagh .... special thanks
Christopher Miller .... special thanks (as Chris Miller)
John G. Minor .... special thanks (as Summit County Sheriff John G. Minor)
Debbie Munch .... special thanks
Evelyn O'Neill .... special thanks
Ed Palmer .... special thanks (as Lieutenant Ed Palmer)
Ari Presler .... special thanks
Andy Ross .... special thanks
Pokey Sanchez .... special thanks: Orange County Fire Authority (as Pokey Sanchez)
Gabriel Sandoval .... special thanks
Sam Schwartz .... special thanks: The Gorfaine/Schwartz Agency (as Sam Shwartz)
Jacqueline Seabrooks .... special thanks: Inglewood Police Department (as Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks)
Greg Silverman .... special thanks
Martin Sissac .... special thanks: Inglewood Police Department (as Captain Martin Sissac)
Josh Skeber .... special thanks
Olaf Te Spenke .... special thanks
Daniel Steinman .... special thanks (as Dan Steinman)
Roeg Sutherland .... special thanks
Sharon Tay .... special thanks
Owen Thornton .... special thanks
David Weber .... special thanks
Derek Woodman .... special thanks (as Undersheriff Derek Woodman)
Mike Young .... special thanks: Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department - Operation Safe Streets Bureau
Crew believed to be complete

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Rated R for strong violence, some disturbing images, pervasive language including sexual references, and some drug use
109 min
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Most of the crude banter between Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña was improvised by the two.See more »
Factual errors: During the pursuit in the opening of the film, the officers pass by a homeless man on the ground as well as a yellow truck on its side with a potentially hurt passenger trying to exit the vehicle. Police procedure requires an officer to stop and render aid, even in a pursuit. It does not appear any other police unit was following the officers (a second unit could of stopped to render aid), so they would have been required to end the pursuit and help the injured.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...
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209 out of 268 people found the following review useful.
Likable, believable characters make this a realistically funny, intense and emotionally gripping cop movie., 10 September 2012
Author: nick_white_5 from Canada

When I actually sit down and think about it, there aren't many good movies about your average, every day police officer. There are a couple notable television series', like "Hill Street Blues" and the now dated but oddly fascinating reality series "Cops", but on film, these guys don't get a lot of luck. I guess everyone would rather see movies about undercover officers or detectives. Well for anyone like me who's been waiting for it, here it is. End Of Watch, an excellent take on the genre. It may not be perfect, but it's unique and shows the day to day life more effectively than most if any cop movies I've seen, and as such I think it will one day be essential viewing for fans of the genre.

In the film we meet Brian Taylor, an ex-marine working as a police officer while he works his way through law school. He also just so happens to be taking a class in filmmaking and is filming his experiences to make a documentary for said class, and this is where we get much of our view into the film from. Featured frequently in the film is his partner Mike, often called Z. After stumbling upon a drug-lord at a routine traffic stop, they quickly fall into trouble with the cartel and have to fight their way through it while still trying to figure out where it's all coming from.

The great thing about this mockumentary/found footage style isn't so much the way it's able to present the action of being a cop realistically (which it does but so do normally shot movies), but it better gives us an understanding of what happens inbetween the action. Being a fly on the wall in the various dull, inappropriate, and often times hilarious conversations the two have when patrolling brings the film a much needed dose of comic relief, but the kind that never feels forced. It's all set up naturally. This really gives a chance for stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena to shine as well as they fit so naturally into these characters, often sounding unscripted whether or not they are. They play them as regular guys instead of complex characters which may make them a little less compelling, but all the more fun to watch.

The film also mixes in a variety of other video sources from the dashboard cams of the police cruisers to security cameras. This really benefits the style as a whole. 99% of the time, using the self-shot, found footage for an entire film can come off as gimmicky and unnecessary, but by using a variety of sources the director is able to keep the realistic tone consistent while downplaying the gimmick idea and instead choosing to use Brian's self shot footage and monologues to the camera only when they prove most effective to the story.

Along the way the film is also interspersed with subplots of Brian meeting his new girl Janet, played by Anna Kendrick who makes a memorable impression despite her little screen time, as well as Z and his wife having a baby. While I find it hard to really complain about Anna Kendrick (she's just so damn cute! And she looked stunning on stage introducing the film), these subplots, while important for character development, are thrown in a little too randomly throughout and mess with the overall flow of the film. It's not a huge complaint as I've seen it done worse in other movies, but it could've been solved with some tighter editing. But who knows, this was the premiere I saw, studios still often tweak movies before wide-release.

Fortunately for writer/director David Ayer, this is really the only complaint I have about the film. The entire movie is fairly well written. I did find the dialogue of a lot of the street thugs to be cliché and racially stereotypical, but the things Brian and Z say are priceless throughout and help you deal with a lot of the more serious scenes, and there are quite a few of them. For as entertaining and light-hearted as it is at times, End Of Watch has many dark, brutally violent, and emotionally impacting scenes that are not for the feint of heart. They do ultimately seem necessary though as the film needs action to keep it going, and to create the realistic document of day to day police life it's trying to create, which does get pretty brutal sometimes despite the mostly mundane times in between. The important thing though is that the film is able to balance all of these moments so well.

David Ayer has dedicated what seems to be his whole career to police movies. Most are mediocre to bad (Street Kings), some are genre classics (Training Day), but I think End Of Watch is by far his finest. It easily has the most likable characters, and as such the most emotional involvement for the audience, which thus creates the most tension in the high risk, action scenes. It has the most believable story of any of his movies, or most cop movies for that matter, and lastly it just told in an interesting way. Neither the cop story, found footage action or fly on the wall comedy genres are anything new, but End of Watch takes old ideas and fits them together to make something interesting.

In conclusion, it's tough to go wrong with End Of Watch if you're a fan of the genre. Even if you're not particularly fond of cop movies, I'd still recommend it. It's a highly entertaining, tension filled ride of a movie. It may not be as deep as some other movies coming out now, but it really brings you into another world well. It's well written, well directed, well acted, and was well enjoyed by the whole crowd. Check it out.

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