Movie Details

End Of Watch

A powerful story of family, friendship, love, honor and courage, End Of Watch stars Academy Award(R) nominee Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena as young Los Angeles police officers Taylor and Zavala as they patrol the city`s meanest streets of south central Los Angeles. Giving the story a gripping, first-person immediacy, the action unfolds through footage from the handheld HD cameras of the police officers, gang members, surveillance cameras, and citizens caught in the line of fire to create a riveting portrait of the city`s most dangerous corners, the cops who risk their lives there every day, and the price they and their families are forced to pay.

Language: English
Subtitle: NA
Classification: M18
Release Date: 18 Oct 2012
Genre: Action / Drama / Crime / Mystery
Running Time: 1 Hour 49 Minutes
Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Pena, Anna Kendrick, Cody Horn
Director: David Ayer
Format: 35MM


Writer: Siti Munawirah Mustaffa

Writer Ratings:

Watch this if you liked: “Training Day”

From "Training Day" to "Street Kings", those who follow David Ayer's work closely can clearly see strong dedications towards urban life in South Central Los Angeles. Only this time, instead of street crimes and police corruption, more limelight is placed on the strong bonds between two cops who lead ordinary lives, but are subsequently brought into extraordinary occasions.

Opening with a high speed police chase and shooting in South Central Los Angeles, the film features Jake Gyllenhaal as Bryan Taylor and Michael Pena as Miguel Zavala; two cops cum brothers for life whose thirst for thrills soon lead them into becoming the town's accomplished heroes as they unravel cases of firearms possession, human trafficking and even helped rescue a family from house fire.

Instead of conventional filming, Ayer decides to opt for handheld footage - supposedly taken by both sides of the law, i.e. Gyllenhaal's Taylor and Pena's Zavala as well as the crooks from the ghetto. Albeit looking like a combination of amateur recordings taken from YouTube for some parts, not a single scene from the dark side of the city is ever short of menacing - from a cell full of human trafficking victims to piling dismembered corpses in a storeroom. They may not be as gruesome as Quentin Tarantino's "Hostel", but viewers might cringe a little once they reach the part where a policeman is standing on his knees with a knife on his right eye.

What really strikes the reviewer about "End Of Watch" is that unlike most films of the same genre that contain merely action without substance, the film places a lot of values on each role with great detail, making each and every one of them almost relatable to anyone who watches. Whilst highlighting some of Gyllenhaal and the underrated Pena's best performances, the greatest surprise of all is actually America Ferrera, our very own "Ugly Betty" turned into an ugly cop.

Sure, the shootings and car chase may not be the most original, but the only thing the reviewer cares about is the daily foul-mouthed conversations between rowdy Taylor and family man Zavala. Because it is funny like that.

Cinema Online, 31 December 2012
Effective 15 July 2011
G - Suitable for all ages
PG - Suitable for all ages, but parents should provide guidance to their young
PG13 - Suitable for persons aged 13 and above, but parental guidance is advised for children below 13
NC16 - Suitable for persons aged 16 years and above
M18 - Suitable for persons aged 18 years and above
R21 - Restricted to persons aged 21 and above only
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