End Of Watch

Featured In Issue 176, April/May 2013

WSR Score2.5
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Strong violence, some disturbing images, pervasive language including sexual references and some drug use
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David Ayer
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In End Of Watch, a pair of LAPD officers patrol one of the city's most violent and gang-ridden areas. In their mission to abide by their oath to serve and protect, Officers Brian Taylor (Gyllenhaal) and Mike Zavala (Pena) have formed a powerful brotherhood to ensure they both go home at the end of watch. But nothing can prepare them for the violent backlash that happens after they pull over the members of a notorious drug cartel for a routine traffic stop. Seen from the point of view of the officers, gang members, surveillance cameras, dash cams, and citizens caught in the line of fire, a 360-degree perspective creates a gritty, compassionate, and intense portrait of the city's darkest streets, and the brave men and women patrolling them. (Gary Reber)

Special features include commentary with Writer and Director David Ayer; five featurettes: Fate With A Badge (HD 02:10), In The Streets (HD 02:10), Women On Watch (HD 02:00), Watch Your Six (HD 02:35), and Honors (HD 02:04); 17 deleted scenes (HD 46:41); BD-Live functionality; and an UltraViolet digital copy.

The 1.85:1 1080p AVC picture is one of those "anything goes" handheld visual presentations that prides itself on what the filmmakers call "realism," with unrealistic camera moves and constant shaking. As such, it appears amateurish in style and execution, plus there are plenty of artifacts to boot. Everything about the visual character is unattractive, as intended. Perhaps some will find the presentation satisfying, but it is far from reference quality. Still, the visual experience is effectively graphic and disturbing. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is undistinguished, with a mixture of dynamic energy during "shoot em up" scenes and collapsed monaural. The surrounds are often effectively directionalized and aggressive. Dialogue is all over the place. Overall, this is sonic war field of the crime-ridden South Central streets, realistically portraying a violent, dark side of humanity. (Gary Reber)