End of Watch: Top-Notch Cop Thriller
Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Peña shine in David Ayer film
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Sep 21, 2012 9:32 AM CDT
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(Newser) – Critics are raving about End of Watch, starring an excellent Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña as good-guy cop buddies in Los Angeles. It's some of director David Ayer's best work since Training Day, which he wrote:

  • The "blood-drenched and unexpectedly moving film" is Ayer's "best cut yet on what life is like on that thin blue line," writes Betsy Sharkey in the Los Angeles Times. It's "a visceral story of beat cops that is rare in its sensitivity, rash in its violence and raw in its humor," and the characters feel "barely an arm's length away."

  • "End of Watch is one thriller where the adrenaline rush, considerable as it is, is almost always put in the service of character. Happily, the character on display turns out to be considerable, too," writes Bob Mondello at NPR.
  • At Salon, Andrew O'Hehir calls the movie "mythic, thrilling and brilliantly made." It "goes beyond gritty and realistic violence into a zone where Hieronymus Bosch collides with Dante," he writes.
  • But at the Globe and Mail, Rick Groen has some reservations about the "sanctimonious" film. "Gyllenhaal and Peña make for believable buds and give the picture its breezy pace," he writes. "It’s the lionizing action that’s no sale."

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Sep 21, 2012 12:35 PM CDT
Isn't it time to admit that cops are not entertaining? Showing one more cops machine gun citizens movie is just bullshit. Cops are a danger to public. Training Day was a great example of how fucked up many cops are. Don't believe it? Get to know some. They are assholes and shoot first without cause. Time for people to curb these dogs and fight back. Video cops. Make them uncomfortable and accountable for their crimes.
Sep 21, 2012 11:15 AM CDT
I guarantee your eyes burn and you feel dizzy as hell after watching this guerilla directed flick. I wish this was shown at a Drive Thru on a sunny day.