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Great chemistry between the leads but there's not much plot,
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This review is from: End of Watch (Amazon Video)
Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña have a great chemistry in this movie and help to carry a fairly leaden script through the slower parts. They are easy to believe as good friends, partners and cop buddies and certainly the dialog lends itself to creating an authentic relationship between the two.
Unfortunately, the amateur-cam filming style is distracting and unnecessary and not even consistent throughout. It's never explained why all these separate parties are carrying video cameras and in certain scenes they revert back to an unknown third party camera presumably because they couldn't figure out how to put a camera in the scene (who's filming Gyllenhaal and Kendrick's love scenes?). All in all, it would have been a better film to shoot in a traditional way without having this distraction.
The main plot is slow to start too. The first act is spent showing what great cops our duo are and while we get to witness some exciting action, when the bad guys decide to take them down, it all feels very rushed. As a result, the film is very strong on character and atmosphere but the plot's not well structured enough to act less like TV and more like a movie.
Ultimately, End of Watch provides an exciting ride up to a point but after the film you don't feel you really discovered anything. It compares poorly with Training Day, David Ayer's earlier flick, which shows how well executed a detailed police procedural can be.