California (man) love
David Ayer goes deeper into volatile LAPD territory, occasionally veering off into unnecessary effects (the use of handheld camera/ found footage and dialogue that consists largely of the F-word). But Gyllenhaal and Peña pull off both the ‘bro’-mantics and a professional fearlessness that verges on the foolhardy as two cops patrolling LA’s South Central district: the meanest and dirtiest area in a crime-soaked city. And if the ending comes as no great surprise, the violence that begets and follows their bad break is authentically and depressingly rendered.
End of Watch | Directed by David Ayer (USA 2012) with Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Peña. Starts December 20