Monday, September 24, 2012

END OF WATCH - no end in sight

End Of Watch was a solid LA cop film. The handheld shots may bother some but overall, really well done. 

If anyone caught Harsh Times a few years back and liked it—like I did—chances are you will enjoy this current effort by director David Ayer. The cast is well chosen. Michael Peña and Jake Gyllenhaal make a believable cop duo and bring numerous unexpected comic moments to the fore. My theater was in stitches for most of the show. 

We are taken on a journey of horrors throughout LA. The cops are just doing their rounds but these rounds are rife with terrible incidents that would make many cops quiver. It seems real enough and conjures to mind what it might be like for newbie cops in the field. It makes one question the value and risk of doing such a job. What is the reward for risking your life everyday from the hydra of narcotic centered crime? These guys seem to relish in their pursuits with relative abandon. Maybe they believe they will live forever. Whatever the case may be—these cops ensure that the law is enforced with dignity as eloquently spoken by fiat in the first few minutes of the film.

The cinematography will rivet your senses, the brotherhood will warm your heart and the humor will endear you. I think you will like this film. 

Recommended Viewing: Harsh Times - We Own The Night - Tango And Cash

              Bob Scale: The Critic: 7.5   -   The Fan: 8.4
             MetaCritic: 70
 Rotten Tomatoes: 85
                    IMDB: 8.1

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