HOME |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
Newest Reviews
Black Water: Abyss
Wild Blue Yonder, The
All Hail the Popcorn King
Muriel, or the Time of Return
Selma
Great Locomotive Chase, The
American Anthem
Lion and the Horse, The
Druids
War of the Wizards
Onward
Doctor Faustus
Spite Marriage
Mask, The
Letter to Jane
Quick Millions
Dream Demon
Max Havelaar
Radioactive
Glastonbury Fayre
All Dogs Go to Heaven
Shoot Out
Da 5 Bloods
Sonatine
Kung Fu Monster
Secret Agent Super Dragon
Saint Frances
Boiling Point
Golden Stallion, The
Dragon Force
Anthropocene: The Human Epoch
Luck of Ginger Coffey, The
Junkers Come Here
Ladius
White, White Day, A
Strong Medicine
Bitter Springs
Centipede Horror
Physical Evidence
Fanny Lye Deliver'd
   
 
Newest Articles
Country Matters: Further Out of Town on Blu-ray
Bat-Damn: Was Joel Schumacher's Batman Really That Bad?
The Beat Goes On: Takeshi Kitano Collection on Blu-ray
Dream Treats: Scorsese Shorts on Blu-ray
It's Only Money: Laughter in Paradise on Blu-ray
A Regular Terpsichore: Dance, Girl, Dance on Blu-ray
Teenage Trauma: Baby Love on Blu-ray
The Happening: Pet Shop Boys It Couldn't Happen Here on Blu-ray
Who Watched The Watchmen?
The Golden Age of Colonic Irrigation: Monty Python Series 4 on Blu-ray
Lady of Pleasure: Lola Montes on Blu-ray
Take You to the Gay Bar: Funeral Parade of Roses on Blu-ray
Hit for Ms: Mark Cousins' Women Make Film on Blu-ray
Look Sinister: The 1000 Eyes of Dr. Mabuse on Blu-ray
Star Wars Triple Threat: The Tricky Third Prequel and Sequel
I Can See for Miles: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes on Blu-ray
Too Much Pressure: The Family Way on Blu-ray
The Alan Key: Alan Klein and What a Crazy World on Blu-ray
A Japanese Ghost Story: Kwaidan on Blu-ray
The Zu Gang: Zu Warriors from the Magic Mountain on Blu-ray
Reality TV: The Year of the Sex Olympics on DVD
The Young and the Damned: They Live By Night on Blu-ray
Mind How You Go: The Best of COI on Blu-ray
Der Kommissar's in Town: Babylon Berlin Series 3 on DVD
The End of Civilisation as We Know It: The 50th Anniversary
   
 
  End of Watch The Laughing Policemen
Year: 2012
Director: David Ayer
Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Peña, Anna Kendrick, Natalie Martinez, David Grillo, Frank Grillo, America Ferrara, Cle Slaheed Sloan, Jaime FitzSimons, Cody Horn, Shondrella Avery, Everton Lawrence, Leequwid 'Devil' Wilkins, James 'Pistol' McNeal, Zone
Genre: Drama, Action, ThrillerBuy from Amazon
Rating:  6 (from 1 vote)
Review: Los Angeles Police Department Officer Brian Taylor (Jake Gyllenhaal) has a personal project planned: he wants to make a documentary of his time on the force, filmed by himself, even though if his superiors found out they would frown on it. His partner is Officer Mike Zavala (Michael Peña), who not only does he rely on professionally but personally as well, they truly are best friends and like nothing better than when they are out on patrol, driving around and chatting away with one another. But work has to intrude, and after shooting some armed felons to death after a car chase, they have made enemies...

Writer and director David Ayer was best known for his script for cop drama Training Day which won Denzel Washington his Oscar, but he was evidently not finished with the genre as he returned to it with what seemed to be yet another found footage movie in End of Watch. It wasn't, and though it shouldn't have been this was a distraction when some shots were taken from Taylor's cameras while others were taken from Ayer's cameras, leaving you wondering who was supposed to be capturing all that we saw: were the cops being tailed by a documentary crew who Taylor had hired to make more of a production of his home videos?

And if so, how come nobody mentioned them? Obviously we were in the realms of artistic licence here, and as if to keep our minds off his curious technique Ayer apparently wrote, directed and edited the movie while suffering from attention deficit disorder for just as we were getting used to one subplot another would interrupt it, so that the whole affair resembled one long string of subplots lacking a proper overarching narrative. There was one of those, but it took a while to dominate, and it was all about the two cops' involvement with a Mexican drugs cartel who happen to have gotten into a serious case of people trafficking as well as their other business in South Central.

Not that our heroes were corrupt, quite the opposite in fact, but they were putting their lives on the line in increasing amounts which might have you suggesting they be given some kind of protection, though either the characters or Ayer apparently never thought of that, presumably because that would have messed up the impact of his ending. To contribute to that was a lot about their personal lives, and even though it was their male bonding that was the most important thing for both men - they really laid it on thick - Zavara was married to Gabby (who if she looked like a model that's due to her being actual model Natalie Martinez) with a baby on the way, and Taylor was considering Janet (Anna Kendrick) as the one for him to settle down with.

Aside from those diversions into sentimentality, there were a bunch of action movie scenes too, from a car chase to open the movie (ending with that gunfight sparking all the trouble) to a drive-by shooting and a climax, near enough anyway, which turned the usual cliché of the bad guys not being able to hit the broad side of a barn on its head; well, just about. That this was so well acted helped paper over some large cracks of implausibility and contrivance, with Gyllenhaal and Peña convincing as best buddies in the leads down to the smaller roles, with Yahira Flakiss Garcia particularly memorable as a formidable lesbian gangster who wouldn't have been out of place in classic crime TV such as The Wire. It's a pity then the film couldn't make up its mind whether it was a high tension thrill ride or a contemplation of a policeman's lot not being a happy one, and falling between two stools rendered it unrealistic. Plus that ending was plain weird - heartwarming? Tearjerking? Inspirational? Lewd? What? Music by David Sardy.
Reviewer: Graeme Clark

 

This review has been viewed 1412 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 
Review Comments (0)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Which star is the best at shouting?
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Brian Blessed
Tiffany Haddish
Steve Carell
Olivia Colman
Captain Caveman
Sylvester Stallone
Gerard Butler
Samuel L. Jackson
Bipasha Basu
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
Darren Jones
Paul Smith
Andrew Pragasam
  Mick Stewart
Enoch Sneed
  Dsfgsdfg Dsgdsgsdg
  Hannah Prosser
   

 

Last Updated: