End Of Watch - Review

BUDDY COP Michael Peña and Jake Gyllenhaal spent five months preparing for the film

Nerve-rattling in the best way, the sharp, visceral urban police procedural End of Watch is one of the best American cop movies I've seen in a long time. Directed from his own script byTraining Day writer David Ayer, it's also one of the few I've seen that pay serious attention to what cop life feels like, both on and off duty, for those who protect and serve the streets of L.A.'s danger zone Southland. The representative beat cops here — sometimes hotshots, but nothing like the rogues in Training Day — are longtime partners Taylor (a toughened, buzz-cut Jake Gyllenhaal) and Zavala (an outstanding Michael Peña; see opposite page). Their duties range from the routine to the macabre, from the heroic to the tedious. They're rowdy when they let off steam, and properly scared when they do brave things. Cop work is well served in this tale. Read More...



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