There are thousands of buddy cop movies made in the past and most of them are the same. The officers come from different racial backgrounds and they make fun of each other. End of Watch is one of them but it beings new stuff to the genre.
is also a found-footage movie. This genre was first seen in 1999 with Blair Witch Project. The most recent successful found-footage movie is the low-budget horror movie Paranormal Activity. A character carries a camera around to document everything. It will capture something strange which would likewise not be recorded.
End of Watch combines the two genres where the cops record their daily activities while on patrol. Some of the activities that were recorded include tracking down bad guys through the streets of South Central Los Angeles and teasing each other in the squad car.
Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena play the two cops. The found-footage parts of End of Watch create the illusion that the movie is unscripted. The two actors have good chemistry with each other. You want to be part of their squad even if they encounter dangerous stuff along the way.
The way they goof on each other is funny and they have the sort of believable brotherly bond that makes the terrors of their profession tolerable. Brian Taylor (Gyllenhaal) and Mike Zavala (Pena) care for each other and will always watch each other’s backs.
When he is off-duty, Bran is taking up filmmaking lessons and this is the reason why he has a camera with him all the time. The two cops get go through a series of calls that were at first seemed unconnected with other. They are successful with the cases and they receive praise from within their division.
End of Watch is rated R for strong violence, pervasive language, sexual references, and some drug use. It is released by Open Road Films.