Brian and Mike are partners in the Los Angeles Police Department, the young hot shots of their respective precinct, one of the roughest neighborhoods in South Central. Being instinctual police officers the two find themselves in over their heads when they begin to cause serious trouble for the Mexican Cartel. David Ayer's End Of Watch is a gritty, realistic look into the life and comrade-re of Police officers. The film immerses the viewer into this world, spending lots of time showing the day to day of police officers, understanding the bond which officers share with one and other. Jake Gyllenhaall and Michael Pena are great together, feeling very real and natural, giving the viewer the sense they have been together for years. Aesthetically the film is of the found-footage, shaky cam variety, and while it can be a little disorienting, it perfectly captures the gritty, grounded realism of the world these characters inhabit. When it comes to the action sequences, the aesthetic definitely helps, with the violence, danger and tension feeling incredibly real and present for the viewer. End of Watch is very sentimental towards the men and women who suit up everyday, making sure to show the guilt, second guessing, and hardship which takes its toll on the souls of police officers. That being said, it never comes off as forced or manipulative, instead feeling genuine in it's salute to the police officers of the world.
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