End of Watch Is Right Up There With Training Day

January 3, 2013 at 7:51 am

The End of Watch / Training Day Double Feature

DAVID AYER ENJOYS MAKING MOVIES ABOUT COPS…

I was really excited when End of Watch began.  Training Day is a fantastic movie and I was hoping for a movie that would be perfect for a double feature.  End of Watch is exactly what I hoped it would be.  It’s not without it’s flaws but it’s still a pretty damn good movie.

However, I didn’t feel that way during the first 10-20 minutes.  The ‘handheld’ visual style of the film isn’t exactly unique so it came across as gimmicky at first.  In the beginning, watching Brian & Mike interact felt as fake as the shooting style.  BUT…  Slowly, I forgot all about that and became immersed in the characters and the story through their heroic acts.  Brian & Mike are phenomenal cops.

Honestly, it was nice to have a cop story that didn’t deal with corruption from within etc…  That’s when I realized how perfect Training Day & End of Watch fit together.  End of Watch is set up like a long episode of Cops.  (A show I recently began watching because my wife loves it.  Now I do too.)  Every few minutes, our heroes are given another call and must deal with a variety of tense and tragic situations.

In between these thrilling sequences, we’re given glimpses of each of their lives.  It really puts a police officer’s job into perspective.  Each and every day, they put their lives on the line.  They all have families that deal with the never ending threat that their loved ones may not come home.

I actually thought End of Watch was a little too episodic until the various tales began to connect and a very real threat emerged.  There’s a point towards the end of the film when someone makes a threat on their lives.  At that exact moment, I knew that End of Watch would be near the top of my favorite films of 2012.

I can’t wait to watch it back to back with Training Day.  David Ayer already proved he can make a great cop movie.  With End of Watch he proved he’s one of the all time best.

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