When the director of The French Connection William Friedkin gives praise as “one of the best cop movies ever” it’s very high praise indeed. The new film by David Ayer centres the plot around two Los Angeles police men and their life on the job. Played by Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña, clearing having that buddy chemistry that’s a joy to watch giving the film it’s most valuable asset. Set up as another found footage film witch switches between the Jake Gyllenhaal’s camera filming the events that unfold before them with some separate handled cut away shots. This is End of the Watch major flaw in that it tries to have its cake and eat it. Wanting to keep to the idea of it all being filmed from the protagonist perspective, while also having the need to cut away at other points. It gives the impression that the film is unsure of its own self, so why not just shoot it normally using hand held? I don’t know.
That being said the films main success is its two leads. The film rests entirely on the shoulders of Gyllenhaal and Peña. If their performances fell flat, so would the film. What they give is an energy and a charm that gives there roles instantly believable and likeable. You really do get the feel that you get to know these guys and enjoy spending time in their company. Also the movie doesn’t have much of a plot but is not dependent of it but can be too cliché for its own good when depicting the villeins. Needless to say, for the running time, the film is highly entertaining, like hanging with two best friends at work..