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Our Review of End of Watch:
Kristian: Alright Mark, in order to have a great team, what do you need?
K: No…a great team needs what?
M: Aha…a great partner.
K: Yes. And chemistry.
M: Hello Schmoeville and welcome to our End of Watch review…but first, a special announcement!
K: Yes, some of you may or may not know, we are now the official video reviewers of movies.com. This is our first review on movies.com and we’re very happy to be working with movies.com, so comment there, here, everywhere!
M: Why don’t you say movies.com a few more times? End of Watch, Kristian…it’s a police movie, it’s a buddy cop movie, but it’s a very serious drama as well.
K: And it’s from David Ayer who did Training Day and you know his style, it’s gritty, real…so the question is will Jake Gylenhaal pull it off? Yes.
M: Gylenhaal and Michael Pena are partners in a tough precinct in LA, and Jake is filming his experience as a cop for a film class…thus you get the real, handheld found footage type of feel. I didn’t really get that part of it, but the story it told was so engrossing that I didn’t care.
K: The camera gimmick is just that, it’s a gimmick.
M: Unnecessary because I think this tale holds up on it’s own, but it doesn’t bother you.
K: I wouldn’t say unnecessary though, because it adds to the realism and the grit; plus the cop car cameras.
M: It felt like a really intense episode of Cops, except no one gets arrested with no shirt on.
K: It had elements of Cops, with The Shield thrown in there…some distrubing images as well and so it feels real.
M: And there’s clear cut good guys vs. bad guys; it’s not one of these cop double-crossing kind of movies…we know who the good team is and unfortunately they look hopelessly outnumbered. And we get into the cops’ back story as well; Jake Gylenhaal is starting a relationship with Anna Kendrick, and Michael Pena and his wife have a baby on the way. So we get emotionally attached to these guys, and we’re rooting for them to take down this cartel, or at least survive until the end of watch. Eh? See what I did there?
K: Very nice…it’s called End of Watch because that’s what cops write down at the end of their shifts.
M: How did you know that? Did you train at the academy or something?
K: I read.
K: The real thing to focus on here is the chemistry between Gylenhaal and Michael Pena; it’s so good and authentic. The action is fine but it’s the scenes with them in the car that really help you understand them and their viewpoints…they know each other so well, they know the beat, they know the Redskins are terrible.
M: That’s never mentioned in the film…but if LA did get a football team they might beat the crap out of the Skins as well. I thought those two dudes’ performances were so good; there’s some other cops that stood out for me as well. I thought the cartel gang was a little hit or miss…I’ve never been in a gang, never got a callback for MS-13, so I can’t tell if they actually are like that but it felt a bit over-the-top to me.
K: See I just didn’t like them as people.
M: In the movie you mean…you were rooting against them.
K: Yeah, I really hated them and wanted them to go down.
M: Good. Glad to see you rooted against the bad guys.
K: Only real problem I had with this film were some of the storylines not tying up as well as I wanted, maybe that’s for the raw, realistic angle that some of the movies we’ve seen recently are going for. Overall, I’m giving this 3.5/5 Schmoes.
M: I’m going a little bit higher and employing the decimals so gimme some back-up…3.8/5 Schmoes. Job well done team!
K: I’m giving you back-up by telling our new viewers on movies.com that Ellis uses decimals very specifically sometimes. 3.817234 and that stuff.
M: It’s all up here in the noggin…my head is like a Mathnasium.
M: Welcome to Schmoeville everyone at movies.com…and for all those enjoying this vid, comment below and let us know if you want to see End of Watch. Have you ever been arrested?
K: I know you have.
M: Twice. Not something to be proud of.
K: Check out our podcast on the Toad Hop network, we’ll have our co-host Katee Sackhoff and Tricia Helfer on the show.
M: I’m betting we chat a little bit about Battlestar Galactica…just a guess.
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