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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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They were the city's top guns, until one discovery made them the cartel's most wanted. See more »


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

In the house full of kidnapped people, statues of Santa Muerte can be seen. Santa Muerte is a sacred figure commonly venerated primarily in Mexico and the United States by people involved in various drug cartels and other criminal enterprises. See more »

Goofs

When Van Hauser and Sook come to release Taylor and Zavala to go back on patrol, after he goes under the tape he takes his cigar out of his mouth he spits. This is an official crime scene, that's whats called "leaving your own evidence on the crime scene". Professional police officers don't spit or leave any of their bodily functions on the crime scene. That confuses the case. They would also not allow an officer on duty to smoke s cigar let alone inside a crime scene. 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 »

Connections

References Jeopardy! (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

Funky Lil' Party
Written by Paris (as Oscar Jerome Jackson)
Performed by Paris
Courtesy of Guerrilla Funk Prods.
By Arrangement with Shelly Bay Music
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Police Point of View
5 October 2012 | by billygoat1071See all my reviews

End of Watch seems to be another film that uses the found-footage style, but once again it's not a successful try. However, it still gets what it wants by being a true to life buddy cop film with a ridiculous amount of intensity. End of Watch looks pretty simple as a crime thriller, but everything is actually brilliant. The crimes are grim and the action is a load of thrills. But what really makes this film so appealing is the chemistry between Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña. Their bromantic moments keeps the entire film so charming. The rest of End of Watch is engaging and interestingly gripping.

The story is about the lives of the lead pair. As these police officers patrol around the streets, they spend their time talking and joking around until they see something going on. Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña brings it to life. Their chemistry is the magic of this film. When it gets serious it becomes really intense, makes you wish both of them are safe on their dangerous jobs. The common elements of cop movies are explosions and stylish gunfights, but this film is all about tension and momentum.

The found-footage style is as messy as what the recent found-footage film, Chronicle, did. Which falls into being unnecessary. It sometimes gets shots that aren't filmed on any hand-held cameras. The camera-work is still well shot and serves a different experience, but it could have been something like what action directors, Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor(strangely has the same name of the main character), do. Shaking the camera ridiculously without calling it a found-footage film. If you ignore the style, it would be cool. The quality of the film is being realistic and there it succeeds. They left the impossibly cool police movie stuff behind and instead make them simply scrutinize, arrest, and watch the streets.

End of Watch doesn't have much of a concept but to depict the credible lives of these hero cops. While the lead stars shine on their beautiful down-to-earth bromance, there's a grim reality about to affect their lives thus makes this an indeed so compelling film. Still, it could have been a Crank like film than a found-footage. The crazy cam is a great effect, but not the characters holding the camera. Aside from that, it's a top notch thriller that is easy enough to enjoy. Worth a ride and recommended.


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