END OF WATCH Blu-Ray Review
I missed out on seeing End Of Watch in theaters because my wife had heard about the shaky hand documentary style of filming that was rampant throughout the movie. When we watched it last night, it was one of the first things I noticed, and yes while it was shaky, it didn’t take away from the overall movie experience, which proved to be a surprising two hour thrill ride.
Jake Gyllenhall and Michael Pena co-star in this film that follows two cops on their daily patrols of one of the most crime populated sections of South Central Los Angeles. We open up with a graphic, very real car chase that ends up with Brian Taylor (Gyllenhall) and Mike Zavala (Pena) shooting down the assailants in a preview of what is to come throughout the adventure. I thought the organization of the storyline was fantastic, seamlessly weaving between the real lives of Taylor and Zavala, and their action packed day job that forces them to put their lives on the line everyday.
This movie isn’t for the faint of heart. There are definitely a few graphic scenes that I wasn’t expecting, but the surprises were fantastic. In one particular stop, our lead duo stumbles upon a fellow cop with a knife stuck fully into his eye. His partner is inside, with a face covered in scars and blood. The movie doesn’t hold back on these scenes, and with the realistic touch of the shaky camera, you really feel like you are in the middle of the scrum.
Taylor and Zavala’s fates in the movie are drastically changed when they make a shocking discovery during a routine stop. After hearing a commotion, including childen crying and men yelling, the pair knocks on the door of a random house. Upon charging inside, they discover a massive human trafficking cartel ring that is way more then they were bargining for.
The two can barely exit the house before they are bombarded by a higher level of police call ICE, who claim that they are tracking cartels in Los Angeles. This huge yet unfortunate discovery changes the lives of Taylor and Zavala, but you will have to watch the movie to find out how.
This movie surprised me. It was in your face, yet had a very personal touch to it as well. You truly gain an appreciation and admiration of these characters, and the tension gets higher with every daily stop. My heart was racing at every stop, and the climax of the movie did not disappoint. If you can handle a little shakiness in your camera work, then you will love this treat of a movie. We give it four out of five stars. You can also check out what our other writer thought when he saw it in theaters!
Bonus Features on Both the Blu-rayTM and DVD
· Fate with a Badge
· In the Streets
· Women on Watch
· Watch Your Six
· Deleted Scenes
· Feature Commentary with Writer and Director David Ayer
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