Hello SWRNN readers, here’s my early review for the latest cop film, “End of Watch.”
“End of Watch” is a film about two police officers who get marked by an incredibly dangerous and well-known cartel after confiscating golden guns and an incredibly large amount of money from its members.
The film was directed by David Ayer (writer of “Training Day”), and stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Peña, Natalie Martinez, Anna Kendrick, David Harbour, America Ferrera and Cody Horn.
I feel like I have to tell you that I went into this film with the absolute worst expectations. I thought the trailers were terrible, the poster was bad and everything about it besides Gyllenhaal and Peña just looked awful to me.
I am so glad to tell you that “End of Watch” gets the award for worst marketing of the entire year, because I loved this movie.
The acting in this movie was incredible — everyone gives it their all and we can see it.
Gyllenhaal and Peña turned in Oscar-worthy performances here, and the rest of the cast was great as well.
As the film progresses, we begin to learn more about the two leads’ personal lives, and it just makes it that much more powerful when things either happen to them or put them in harm’s way.
My favorite aspect of this film, though, was how it well it minced “found footage” type camerawork in with the traditional narrative. We get to see several scenes throughout the film from the perspective of whatever camera either the cops or the criminals are using, and it just added to how gritty and dark the film is in the best way.
That being said, this was by far the most violent and disturbing movie I have seen this year. If you have a tendency to freak out due to violence, do not go see “End of Watch,” as it made me, someone who could watch “A Clockwork Orange” over and over again, look away.
It was that violent, but it was also justifiable.
Like I stated above, this had to be the worst marketing for any movie I’ve seen this year. Don’t go into this movie expecting a fun traditional cop movie – go into it expecting a heavy, realistic, brutal and emotional thriller.
Overall, I give “End of Watch” a 4.5/5.
Adam Rolseth is a teen movie reviewer and regular guest contributor to SWRNN.