End of Watch
2012, 109mins, 15
Director: David Ayer
Writer: David Ayer
Cast includes: Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Pena, Anna Kendrick, Frank Grillo, David Harbour, America Ferrera
UK Release Date: 23rd November 2012
Found footage, shaking cameras and first person gun barrel perspective have all become tired gimmicks, technical quirks and stylistic tropes usually deployed to mask incompetent filmmaking or lack of creativity. It’s a surprise then to find that whilst “End of Watch” features all of these dubious touches, the film is a massively accomplished and appreciatively character driven effort. Director David Ayer (last seen helming 2008’s swiftly forgotten “Street Kings”) actually makes strong use of the rugged POV aesthetics, casting them to ratchet up the product’s intensity rather than hide a lack of engaging human presence. This believable and charged account of life as a law-enforcer is a far cry from another tired “Paranormal Activity” sequel.
A Review by Daniel Kelly, 2012