Brian (Jake Gyllenhaal) and Mike (Michael Peña) are LA cops and have been partners and best friends for quite a while. Brian started to take a film class for which he films his daily routine. It consists mostly of gang shootings and drugs. But when they stumble upon a case of human trafficking, they really start to get in the way of the wrong people, namely the Mexican cartel. When Brian and Mike won’t back down, instead keep on making names for themselves, things get even hotter for the two of them.
I really thought that End of Watch would be better than it was. But the plot is all over the place, the format is an ill fit and I just was bored most of the time.
David Ayer decided to shoot this movie documentary style, with the footage from the cameras Brian uses for his class. I don’t particularly like this mockumentary style, but alright, I can deal. But then he apparently didn’t get enough footage from those cameras, because he sure as hell isn’t consistent with it. There are continously shots from angles that no camera of Brian (or security camera or traffic camera or whatever) could have filmed. If you choose that fucking mockumentary format, at least stick to it.
But that was just the beginning of the annoyance with the film. The plot development was tedious. The movie starts with random scenes of the guy’s routine, the actual bigger plot doesn’t start until halfway through the movie and the private lives of the two men seems shoved in anyway.
And then the ending went completely off the rails. The two of them are ambushed. Brian gets shot pretty badly. Mike throws himself on Brian, and their attackers start shooting again. And apparently, Mike is made of kevlar, at least on one side. Because he is completely riddled with bullets (and the POC gets to die for the white guy, of course!) but Brian doesn’t get hit anymore. I mean… really?
It just seems a waste of the talents of both Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña. Plus, if you want to make a movie about what heroes police men are, you probably shouldn’t be focusing on the guys who consistently behave pretty dumb and keep on breaking the rules.
Summarising: Really no need to see this.