End of Watch
the movies I missed out on seeing last year, End of Watch would
have to be my biggest regret. This buddy cop action thriller starring
Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pẽna has everything I want from a movie;
great characters, funny dialogue, engaging action and emotional
storylines. I can safely say that End of Watch would have to be
one of the most refreshing and unique movies Iíve seen in a long time,
and if I got around to seeing it last year, it couldíve easily been a
contender for my favourite movie of 2012.
of Watch has a very organic and natural feel to how itís presented.
The early stages of the film are shown from the perspective of
Gyllenhaalís character Taylor, who is filming his everyday life as a
policeman for one of his university projects. The film slowly drifts
away from this angle in order to show more characters and subplots which
makes sense but can catch you off guard if you arenít fully engaged.
Performances across the board are terrific but the real highlight of
End of Watch is watching the chemistry between Gyllenhaal and Pẽna.
Their chemistry is some of the best Iíve seen period, and their
interaction and conversations with each other vary from hilarious to
Thereís some great direction and cinematography to be found in End of
Watch but at times the dialogue was incredibly cheesy it was
downright distracting. Director David Ayer wrote this film in less than
a week, and while the occasional profanity and clichť filled scenes
makes this obvious the rest of the film is completely engrossing.
dramas arenít usually my thing but after End of Watch I may
reconsider. A film this entertaining and touching demands your attention
and itís insulting that neither Gyllenhaal nor Pẽna were recognised for
their efforts by prestigious film institutions. If like me, you forgot
to add this to your list of must see movies, go grab a pen and do
yourself a favour.