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This is a waste of time--nothing original in this movie at all
Nicholas cage clearly took on this project simply for a pay day. There isn't anything in the movie that is not predictable--WARNING: THE FOLLOWING LIST OF PLOT ELEMENTS MAY BE CONSIDERED A SPOILER (even though the point is that the plot is so trite that there isn't much to spoil): the professional band of thieves, the double-cross, the stashing of the loot, and the fight for the stashed loot once the one betrayed gets out of prison. The "bad guy" is rendered through over-acting and exaggerated resilience--right down to the typical one-on-one fist fight with the bad guy that just won't stay killed. Low-budget; mediocre acting; and poor storyline.
End of Watch (2012)
Trite and formulaic cop story
Despite what professional and some amateur movie reviewers are saying, this is in no way an innovative movie. The cop-story is trite--even formulaic, with two young cops finding themselves battling gang violence and drug smuggling in south-central LA. One of them is ambitious, trying to make it up the ranks to detective, while the other is content to do his job well. The so-called "innovative" use of cameras is annoying more so than interesting or engaging as the director literally switches angles EVERY second in some scenes just to create the illusion of excitement. If it were a scene that required it, I would understand, but this happens even when the protagonists are chatting in the confines of their squad car. Pena and Gyllenhall have the right mix, but that seems to be the only allure of the picture. The supporting cast, aside from "Mr. Evil", were amateurish in their acting, and the gang members were beyond stereotypical, but trite. I certainly don't see why this is getting the positive reviews it's getting--the plot is canned, the acting is mediocre, and the filming technique tries to compensate for the story's lack of sophistication (both in regard to content and dialog) in an intrusive way.
"Independent" need not be "amateurish"
Despite the good reviews others have posted, this movie falls short of a higher rating than the one I offer. The themes of friendship, loyalty, personal direction, and personal aimlessness are interesting. The setting is original and the filming is done rather well (the angles, the lighting, the location). The problem is the acting and the writing.
The acting is very amateurish and the story is over written (the dialogue is stilted for the characters and the delivery is continuously rushed by the actors). The director does have a good eye, as the camera angles and the beautiful opening photography engage the viewer, but once the actors open their mouths not even the cinematography can save it.