DVD Review: End Of Watch
End Of Watch is a gritty, action packed cop buddy film from the writer of Training Day and director of Street Kings, focussing again on the LAPD, but this time, on a couple of good honest cops. To get us up close and personal however, writer/director David Ayer has taken a leaf out of the much overused horror genre technique – that of the found footage. Though to be honest he mixes the found footage with some standard third-person filming similar to what happened with the 3rd [REC] film.
The result is a hard edged film that mixes visceral violence with buddy cop sarcasm and some hearty family moments. Mixing the various callouts with the personal family stuff does make End Of Watch run the risk of feeling disjointed, but for me it just added to the slow build up, as the cops go from dealing with small time drug dealers to pissing off a Mexican drug cartel, keeping you on your toes, with the knowledge (from watching the trailer) that the shit is going to hit the fan, but never quite sure when things will go South, or how fast.
Can’t really say too much more without spoiling some of the finer moments of the film, or giving away too much of the plot, but I can say that it’s probably my favourite cop movie, certainly the most originally filmed, at least for it’s genre.
R18 Violence, offensive language and drug use.
Reviewed by: Jonathan Read