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7.61 h 48 min2012X-Ray15
Two LAPD cops find themselves on a drug cartel's death list in this gritty action drama from writer/director David Ayer. Patrolling the mean streets of south central Los Angeles, cops Taylor (Jake Gyllenhaal) and Zavala (Michael Pena) intercept a car, confiscating money and guns belonging to a local cartel.
David Ayer
Jake GyllenhaalMichael PenaFrank Grillo
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America FerreraCody HornNatalie MartinezAnna KendrickDavid Harbour
David AyerRandall EmmettGeorge FurlaMike GuntherMatt JacksonJohn Lesher
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4.6 out of 5 stars

2528 global ratings

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P. BradfordReviewed in the United Kingdom on 25 November 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Realism is superb. Unmissable.
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My wife had to work in LA in the late 90's. Her phone bill home was so expensive, her company flew me over to be with her. I was a Police Officer in the UK at the time. A friend arranged for me to meet up with some LA Police Officers. I spent time with Officers on ride alongs, wearing my UK Police uniform as well as a ballistic vest. The Officers could not believe that we policed unarmed. I worked out of Inglewood and South Central. I found Inglewood exactly like working Southend-on-Sea. The same crimes. The same disputes. BUT, the ever present potential for firearms to be used.
South Central at night was a completely different matter. I was told by the Sergeant that I was with under no circumstances was I to get out of the car, but if I did, I was to take the shotgun. He told me the release code for the holder. Every job we went to a firearm was involved.
The way this was filmed was like a documentary with the hand held camera work. It felt very real. It was also realistic from the point of view that you can go from a nothing job to a life threatening situation. The fact that Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena spent five months doing ride alongs is testament to their professionalism in wanting to get it right. I think they did.
A very well made film by all of the actors and crew. I really enjoyed it.
19 people found this helpful
OnecosmonautReviewed in the United Kingdom on 22 March 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
A gem of a movie - stick with it!
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This is a brilliant film. I began to watch this film a year ago and stopped about 20 mins in thinking it was yet another cop show with stereotypical character display of gangsta crims and over the top cops and I'm not a fan of shaky cam. This time a bit bored with film choices, the reviews made me take a second peek and this time I was hooked. I thought the two leads were very engaging, very believable. As I grew more fond of them, I watched with a sense of dread of not wanting anything to happen to these two characters who I liked and felt had so much to contribute. That's how much I got sucked in. I didn't feel like I was watching a film, I was watching a documentary and that camaraderie between the two leads was palpable. Yet there was still a lot of tension because the world they inhabit is violent. It felt like an extended episode of the Shield and that's a good thing. Well acted by all involved.The only quibble was I wished they developed the bad dudes a bit more why would a major cartel hone in on two cops who lucked in to a bust? They weren't detectives or DEA...still glad that I gave this movie another chance
13 people found this helpful
CackermanderReviewed in the United Kingdom on 30 June 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
Had to turn it off
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It's a well-made film, good plot, documentary style works well, characterisations also good. About 20 mins into the film and the cops answer a domectic call, ends up with two toddlers locked in a cupboard at the prey of abusive adults. The children, aged about 2 and 4 years old, were NOT acting, they were traumatised. Seeing their tear-stained, frightened faces made me turn it off. The producers of the film think they can inflict this sort of harm on little children without damaging them, or they don't give a damn. How I feel about the parents making money by their children being abused in this way is unprintable. I'm sure they were on hand, cuddly toys at the ready, but I wonder how the trust that the children had in their parents to keep the world safe for them has now been damaged, thus the whole relationship.
6 people found this helpful
Bravo478Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 06 July 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
A great film with extraordinary acting
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I'm a great fan of Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena so thought I would give these two a screening, having watched Fury which is directed by David Ayer. I assumed End of watch would be okay in fact it was a great watch and very different from what you would normally watch, I was curious to how these two actors seemed to fit in the role of two L.A PD officers because the acting was perfect and after doing a bit of research I found out that Pena & Gyllanhaal spent 6 months working alongside real L.A PD officers witnessing drug deals and murders so this film hasn't been made in a whim.
I actually came across this film because I watched Fury with Brad Pitt which was directed by the same director.
Profanity is very strong with 325 F-words and 100 S-words also no sex scenes or nakedness.
4 people found this helpful
CandyFlossReviewed in the United Kingdom on 18 February 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
Wild streets of LA
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If you like cop movies, you are going to love this one. I think it's very realistic and believable, it's a snapshot of a life of an LAPD policeman. The movie shows to great effect the constant threat the policemen face on a daily basis and nasty surprises that await them courtesy of local gangs, I sincerely hope for their sake it's exaggerated. Jake Gyllenhaal is a real chameleon of an actor - he transforms completely and has played a range of very different characters over the years. Here he's a young, cocky LAPD cop with a heart of gold. If he doesn't get an Oscar one day, I will eat my hat!
3 people found this helpful
Darth MaciekReviewed in the United Kingdom on 11 November 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
If "The Shield" was a movie instead of TV show and about honest police officers, instead of evil ones - it would be this film
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I was very favourably surprised and even more, IMPRESSED, by this 2012 thriller drama. It is definitely one of the best crime films I saw in those last years. Below, more of my impressions, with some limited SPOILERS.

The film tells the story of two veteran LAPD officers, Brian Taylor (Jake Gyllenhaal) and Miguel Zavala (Michael Pena). They are simple uniformed street patrol officers, albeit Taylor, a former Marine, wants to make detective and studies in the evenings. As part of his studies he records a lot of what happens on their patrols. This film is composed integrally with recordings, mostly those made by Taylor, but also a couple of news reportings, some official ceremonial recordings and also some footage of conversations of street gangsters, mostly made with their cell phones.

I will not say much about the story because it contains twists, surprises and developments which should be discovered integrally by the viewers. I would really advise AGAINST researching this film on internet before viewing, because here any kind of spoilers damage the viewing experience quite seriously. Suffice it to say that Taylor and Zavala are tough (and extremely potty mouthed) but honest and quite likeable police officers, who patrol a particularly rotten, dangerous part of Los Angeles.

Well known by local street gangs for being courageous, tough (and dangeorus if needs be) but fair and honest, they are treated with a (very) reluctant respect by some of gangbangers - but also supremely hated by many others. Amongst the latter the most prominent is Big Evil (Maurice Compte), a (not very sane) leader of a paricularly vicious Latino outfit, the Curbside Gang.

With time we also come to know Miguel's wife Gabby (Natalie Martinez) and Taylor's most recent girlfriend (Anna Kendrick), as well as some other police officers and brass both men are working with.

Before "End of watch" David Ayers made two other "cops+gangsters in LA" films, "Harsh Times" in 2006 with Christian Bale and "Street Kings" in 2008 with Keeanu Reeves. The first one was bad and the second one hardly better - in fact I forgot what they were about almost immediately after watching them. But this film, well, this is a whole different enchilada!

"End of watch" is a very good film, both in its technical visual aspect and in its scenario, which is an exceptionally solid thing. Most of this film is dialogs and they are actually very good - even if the amount of OBSCENITIES is such that some DVD players will probably not resist it...))) We are frequently surprised and shocked, but those surprises and shocks actually make sense and the whole story flows very logically and harmoniously until the end. It is a thing rare enough in recent films to deserve particular praise.

The treasures in this film are many and you deserve to discover them by yourself, but I simply must state here, that whoever invented the character of La La (Yakira Flakiss Garcia) should get an Oscar. The very idea of naming the very lesbian and absolutely TERRIFYING top killer of Curbside Gang after one of Teletubbies, well, I bow very low to whomever thought about it...)))

As written in the title of this review, for my personal taste, if "The Shield" was a movie instead of TV show and about good cops, instead of rotten evil ones, well, it would be this film... And for me it is the SUPREME praise, as I simply ADORED "The Shield".

I was very impressed by this film and I will keep the DVD for another viewing in the future. A film to see absolutely! ENJOY!
2 people found this helpful
Tommy DooleyReviewed in the United Kingdom on 16 April 2013
4.0 out of 5 stars
L.A. Cops, Gangs, Drugs and Cartels.
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Jake Gyllenhaal plays L.A. Cop Brian Taylor, who describes himself as `I am fate with a badge and a gun' at the beginning of the film. He is teamed with Mexican Michael Pena (`The Lincoln Lawyer') playing cop, Mike Zavala. They are the sort of cops that are all guns out but not so gung ho as to be corrupt and through their joint effervescence for the job, they get lucky. That is they manage to hit upon a couple of busts for both narcotics and human trafficking. Whilst this brings them to the attention of the powers that be, it also gets them the unwanted attention of the Cartel, crime lords - who respond reasonably enough, by ordering their death.

Brian has met Janet (Anna Kendrick - `50/50') and Mike is married to Gabby (Natalie Martinez `Broken City' just out) and she is pregnant and he can't wait to be a Daddy. Meanwhile dark forces gather on the L.A. streets where every other word has to involve `fornication with your Mum' type talk or the person talking will not be taken seriously. The gangs are either Black or Hispanic and a turf war is being waged almost non stop.

This quite a good film, and it should be it comes from writer and director David Ayer who grew up on these streets and is responsible for `Training Day', `Harsh Times' and `Street Kings' so he knows his trade. The language is gritty, the violence believable and the plot convincing up until it falls into a cliché of sorts near the end, but it is just forgivable, to say what it is would be a plot spoiler. The sound track is quite good too; I spotted Mazzy Star, Black Rebble Motor Cycle Club and Public Enemy in there along with a load more.

So a well made and acted and actually quite engaging film and I was presently surprised by how good it actually was, a plot twist too much could have ruined it, but in the end it all worked rather well - recommended.
8 people found this helpful
LONDON NINJA.Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 28 February 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
This is David Ayer's best film.
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This is David Ayer's best film... His other films are OK, although
I didn't like Fury, but this movie works on many levels, and it isn't
often that everything falls into place. Good acting, good direction,
editing etc etc...

The direction style is all Ayer's, as well as the writing. Here we
have two well drawn real characters as they police the streets of
South Central LA. You really get to like these two people, as they
go from one situation to another. The plot is similar to Ayer's other
film Harsh Times, in-so-much, it is about the relationship between
two friends, however, here these two are police officers.

I liked this film a lot, and if you like realistic crime drama, you won't
be disappointed.
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