Changing It Up

Recently a friend and I went to the movies. Usually we go see movies considered to be chick flicks. You know the type, romantic comedies or tear jerkers like Nicholas Sparks movies but this time we decided to change it up and see End of Watch.

End of Watch is gritty, gruesome and disturbing. It is filmed strangely jumping back and forth from the view of a characters video camera to us watchng the characters. Almost has the feel of a reality show. The story at times felt choppy but by the end it had come together. This movie is funny, raw and heartwrenching while reminding us that not only soldiers but cops and fireman put their lives on the line for us everyday.

Jake Gyllenhaal and Mike Zavala as police officers who stumble into various activites of a drug cartel often enough that a price is put on their heads. Gyllenhaal plays Brian Taylor, an ex-marine now a cop woking his way through law school. He is filming almost everything for a class and this gives us a unique view of his day to day activities both professional and personal. He convinces his partner to help him dig deeper into the cartel, rescues children from aburning house and falls in love.

This isn’t your typical He-Man cop movie. Not only does Anna Kendrick play the role of Janet (Gyllenhaal’s love interest, Natalie Martinex plays Gabby (Mike’s wife) and both America Ferrera and Cody Horn play cops. Two of the gang members are also females.

Over all ,as gruesome and raw as it was, I thought End of Watch was really well done. Oscar material? Probably not but still a really interesting movie. Will I add it to my collection? I’m going to say no as it was incredibly graphic. Would I watch it again? Sure, if a friend wanted to see it I’d watch it again. Over all I’d recommend seeing it if you can handle the graphic violence.

I give End of Watch 4 out of 5 film reels.