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Ofelia -- 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.
End of Watch -- A moment of levity in the squad room.
End of Watch -- TV Spot: Reviews
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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  (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:
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)

Diana Laura ... Maria (uncredited)

Sli Lewis ... Gangster Crip (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
Jeff Butler .... art department intern
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 .... sound 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 .... sound 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)
Mark DeSimone .... adr mixer: New York (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)
David Thomas .... digital cinema producer (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
Jaime Abarca Jr. .... assistant location manager (as Jaime Abarca Jr.)
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)
Kojo Lewis .... key assistant location manager
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 William Osterman .... assistant: Randall Emmett & George Furla (as Jay Osterman)
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
Earl West .... location manager
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)
Matthew Helderman .... 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)
Mike Woodward .... location coordinator: Caesars Entertainment (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
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)
Tara Moross .... special thanks
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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In the trailer when they are speaking Spanish before they drink they say "Arriba, abajo, al centro, y padentro" which loosely translates as "up, down, to the center and inside".See more »
Continuity: On Taylor's uniform, he has a small USMC Eagle, Globe, Anchor pin on the corner of his left breast pocket. Throughout the movie, including connected scenes, it disappears and reappears.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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38 out of 53 people found the following review useful.
Found footage's finest so far - an intense cop thriller that feels real, 26 February 2013
Author: Movie_Muse_Reviews from IL, USA

If I were to pitch you a movie about two police officers who are partners on patrol in South Central Los Angeles, one of your first inclinations might be "not another buddy copy comedy." While "End of Watch" is often funny, the newest film from "Training Day" writer David Ayer, is no comedy.

Ayer, who spent a lot of time in South Central, takes the found footage approach to his latest film featuring the LAPD in the spirit of modern trends and perhaps the show "Cops."

It's hard to tell if Ayer's exaggerating, but a lot of dangerous stuff happens to Taylor (Jake Gyllenhaal) and Zavala (Michael Pena) despite being beat cops. So much so that they get involved with the wrong Mexican gang, and their attempts to go above and beyond to protect and serve put them in the line of fire.

Gyllenhaal and Pena have incredible chemistry as two cops who are best friends as well as partners. They epitomize the modern "bromance" in a number of ways, joking around, giving each other a hard time, offering love/dating advice with hyper-masculine sarcasm, etc. Ayer takes time to show these men out of their blues frequently to humanize them in a critical way. On the job, they are often cocky, proud and reckless, pushing the line of appropriate police behavior and protocol. They jump back and forth between making laudable, responsible choices and borderline police brutality.

The portrait that this paints of law enforcement feels so much more authentic than we're normally treated to in cop films and police procedurals on television. They are heroes and good, honorable men, but that doesn't make them beacons of morality. No matter how much you believe in the quickly escalating plot of "End of Watch," there's no disagreement to be had over the authenticity of the characters and the environment they operate in.

Although we do get independent "episodes" in which Taylor and Zavala respond to calls and find more than they bargained for, there's a through-line involving a powerful Mexican drug cartel and the gang that enforces it. Ayer glamorizes these thugs a little bit, but it makes them formidable villains in the story. As things come to a boil, the realism of the film really unravels in favor of a more compelling, heart-pounding finale.

Ayer takes certain liberties with the found footage style as well. The premise involves Taylor filming everything for a school project or something. He has a hand-held camera but also cameras positioned in the squad car, and ones that clip onto their uniforms. The gangs also carry cameras around to film their violent escapades. At times, however, we can't tell who is supposed to be holding the camera — like when Taylor starts making out with his girlfriend, Janet (Anna Kendrick). Neither is holding the camera, so that's a bit strange.

Still, that filmmaking style does more good than harm to the film. Say what you will about the found footage trend, but this is an appropriate example that really works. The extra layer of realism and authenticity that the technique gives to a film really goes miles in favor of "End of Watch."

Humor is an unexpected benefit of this film as well. Michael Pena has failed to be funny in films including "Tower Heist" and "30 Minutes or Less," but he succeeds in territory that blends it with the dramatic in this very organic way. It would be impressive if most of the dialogue in this film, at least between him and Gyllenhaal, weren't improvised given how natural it flows.

It sounds like a stretch to consider this one of the better acted films of the year, but Gyllenhaal and Pena should've been considered for awards contention. The nature of found footage detracts from what we tend to associate with/look for in an Oscar-worthy performance. We expect authenticity from found footage and only comment when it goes poorly, not when it's done exceptionally well. Having seen enough films made in the found footage style, no other two actors have done better in this genre.

"End of Watch" offers an intense look at the life of L.A.'s finest and a harrowing portrait of life in the barrios and gang-ridden parts of L.A. Although exaggerated at crucial points, it shows what can happen when officers try and step out of their clearance level. At the least, it's one of the best films found footage has given us to date.

~Steven C

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