End of Watch (2012)

End of Watch

Directed by: David Ayer
Written by: David Ayer
Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Peña, Anna Kendrick, Natalie Martinez, Frank Grillo, David Harbour and America Ferrera

I’m happy to see that filmmakers are branching out to do their own thing. Finding something a little off the beaten path has been the best part about watching movies in 2012. The trailer for David Ayer’s cop drama doesn’t do the movie justice.  More than an action drama this is a character study of two cops playing the hero and a glimpse into the crimes and troubled lives of their community.

What I liked:  I almost wanted to check the press junkets to see if Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña spent any time together to build the brotherly bond between them.  Their performances are perfection and they feed off each other so naturally that their characters added significantly to the film’s realist aesthetic.  The camera work also engages with a constant shift in point of view as the characters ‘film’ the majority of what we see with handheld devices.

What I didn’t like:  I could really feel Hollywood’s hand in the ending and while I was engaged by the constant camera shifts, Ayer isn’t consistent enough with his message to make it worthy of discussion after it’s over.

My rating:  Can’t fathom why Silver Linings Playbook was nominated for an Oscar and this wasn’t.

IMDB: 7.7

Rotten Tomatoes: 85%

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