Film Screening 5th March, 2013

Poster for End Of Watch

End Of Watch 

8:00 PM, 5th March, 2013

  • MA
  • 108 mins
  • 2012
  • David Ayer
  • David Ayer
  • Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Peña, Anna Kendrick, Natalie Martinez

End of Watch follows two LAPD officers, Brian Taylor (Gyllenhaal) and Mike Zavala (Peña), as Brian records his days on his camcorder to use in a film studies class. Much of their time on patrol is spent chatting, a lot of guy humour and talking about the women in their lives. Zavala is married to his high school sweetheart Gabby (Martinez), and Taylor has just started dating Janet (Kendrick). Taylor is hoping that Janet is the one, while Z is constantly ripping on him to stay single and live the dream (I could just feel my husband sitting beside me silently agreeing with him). Things get more interesting when, as part of their routine patrol, they pull over an SUV for a traffic violation where they find and confiscate a cache of cash and exotic firearms. Word gets back to the driver’s boss and the two police officers are marked for death.

This was not what I expected. Written and directed by David Ayer, who brought us Training Day, I should have known better. Although in this film he does portray the cops as good guys who genuinely want to look after their community. Filmed in a documentary style I found it took a little getting used to, with plenty of shaky cam (the primary reason for David Stratton’s low score). It starts off a little slow but as you get to know the main characters you will be wanting to follow this to the end (of watch).

Jacinta Gould