Tuesday, October 2, 2012
End of Watch (2012)
by David Ayer
Directed By David Ayer
Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Pena & Anna Kendrick
Have you ever seen the Television Show Cops? Well, if not this will be an eye opener for you. The film is basically an episode of cops that lasts for about 2 hours. Actually that's exactly what it is.
Jake Gyllenhaal does a great job of making this film interesting and Michael Pena does a superb job of co-staring. Pena is the perfect friend who uplifts and supports Gyllenhaal's character through all his tough cop like attributes.
After you get used to all the camera jerks and the quick cuts the movie starts to feel like a character driven piece. the camera plays a very strange roll in this film. at times the camera is being whiled by the characters explained as a film project for a college course. but often the camera turns into just an observer of the action and has no character handheld motivation. basically the camera plays two different roles; one as a observer of the action, two a gimmick for the character to explain himself and talk to the camera.
the film ends with a gang violence showdown that ends in a bloody mess. but the message of the film is pure and comes across very well. all the chacacters have heart and play well on camera.
No Rating. the film could have been better. the biggest complaint is the camera's roll of being a movie or a documentary. you kinda have to pick one and stick with it.