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End of Watch (2012)

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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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David Ayer

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David Ayer
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Cle Sloan ... Mr. Tre
Jaime FitzSimons Jaime FitzSimons ... Captain Reese
Cody Horn ... Davis
Shondrella Avery ... Bonita
Everton Lawrence ... Man Friend
Leequwid 'Devil' Wilkens Leequwid 'Devil' Wilkens ... CK
James 'Pistol' McNeal James 'Pistol' McNeal ... DJ
Zone Zone ... Too Tall
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Storyline

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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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

21 September 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

End of Watch See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,152,683, 23 September 2012, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$41,003,371

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$53,041,274
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Sound Mix:

Datasat | Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Most of the crude banter between Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña was improvised by the two. See more »

Goofs

During the locker room scene, Officer Taylor states the standard issue sidearm for the LAPD is a Glock 19. This is incorrect, as the standard issue sidearm is a Glock 17 (9mm) issued to recruits in the police academy which they must carry for their one (1) year probationary period. After successfully completing their probation period, officers can then purchase and carry a firearm of their choice off the department's "Approved for Carry" list, which includes the Glock 19. See more »

Quotes

[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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Featured in Maltin on Movies: Gangster Squad (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Fade Into You
Written by Hope Sandoval and David Roback
By Mazzy Star
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under License from EMI Film & Television Music
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gritty and pointless
25 August 2013 | by toddg-473-289818See all my reviews

I had high expectations for this movie, and was severely let down. The letdown came from a number of small things rather than one big one. While I accepted the story line of tough inner city cops working tough neighborhoods, I found the use of hand-held cameras to show uncommon angles to be an unnecessary distraction. So was the constant referencing of Anna Kendrick's cleavage in almost every shot she was in.

But the biggest letdown in this movie was the generic nature of the battle between law enforcement and the human traffickers they fought against. The coyote types were one dimensional characters only - cold and angry all the time. We never really are told why they hate the police so much, other than that the police are obstacles to their business. But the human element was missing.

The other letdown was the portrayal of the disconnect between the LAPD, a local agency, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), a federal agency. We aren't given enough content about their lack of information sharing, and the plot too easily glosses over ICE's not sharing potentially life saving information with the LAPD.

The one bright spot in the movie was the acting by Jake Gyllenhaal. He was very convincing as a hard charging, bend-the-rules street cop. But this movie could have been so much more, end evoked more empathy from its audience, had the script been better refined.


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