Suprisingly entertaining the whole time. Classical buddy movie meets POV-shaky-camera, without creating an uncomfortable sense of confusion. The gaze makes a solid case for the episodic structure of the narration, which is based on glimpses at crimes and crime scenes. Instead of blank spots in the portrait of a city, the camera-style provides us with a base for the cop drama.
Mostly shot in a first person point of view giving way to a more realistic yet very shaky imagery, it started off by giving us short bursts/stories in the lives of the two cops and at first it felt it was going nowhere fast. But as the movie went on, I started to realise that each story was just a piece of a puzzle to help describe them through their daily actions which inevitably define who they truly are.
Pena and Gyllenhaal have superb chemistry in this contemporary heroic tale, where Gyllenhaal's video blogish way of documenting their daily strive on the force, gives a raw perspective on LA's drug crime scene...and all the hellish encounters they meet along the way. Although the reality-documentary cinematic style takes some time to get used to 'End of Watch' is all-in-all a great buddy cop movie! Four stars
A gangland thriller that's energetic in a way that completely takes you off guard with its surprisingly good performances and the tense (at times stressful) style. Although the "found footage" gimmick seems odd at first (with little explanation other than being a project, seemingly with no focus) but it grows on you, and you learn to expect strange angles and point-of-view perspectives of the action. Well done, Ayer.