Back in Theaters this December – End of Watch
The sleeper hit End of Watch is coming back to theaters for a limited run starting today. Distributed by Open Road Films, the movie starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña as best friends and patrol cops who get accidentally stumble into the more grizzly dealings of the Mexican Cartel, who then call on the local gang members and puts a hit out on the pair.
I saw End of Watch back in September and was completely enthralled during the movie. I loved it but it’s definitely something that would be hard to watch if you are a LEO or the spouse of one. The story movie takes place over several months so we get to see Officer Taylor (Gyllenhaal) and Zavala (Pena) as they go through working their beat, dealing with local gangs and crimes. Taylor’s relationship with his girlfriend Janet (Anna Kendrick) and Zavala’s wife expecting their new baby. America Ferrara is also in this film as a fellow female cop.
A large amount of this movie has the shakey cam shooting but its worked into the story since we have dashboard cam footage, and handful cams that are used by the police and criminals alike. The duo decide to investigate a house that gets them in trouble with the DEA when they discover human trafficking. Later following an easy call, the partners instead they find the home used for executing people on the wrong sign of the gangs that take orders from the Mexican Cartels. They get informed of the hit placed on them by another gang member who doesn’t work for the cartels and after dismissing it they soon find that the hit is very real when they get ambushed.
The movie had me gripping the hand rails. I had no idea what to expect during this and I really started to like everybody. The final shootout is intense and I wasn’t sure how it would play out.
Studio: Open Road Films
Original Release date: Sept 21, 2013
Grade: Full Price