September 20, 2012
R; 1:49 running time
It's a full load of self-conscious faux realism for a relatively straightforward outline. Officers Taylor (Gyllenhaal) and Zavala (Pena) are good friends and valiant protectors of the people, though Gyllenhaal's opening voice-over ("I am fate with a badge and gun") indicates that Ayer may forever have one foot in prose and the other in pulp poetry. "End of Watch" proceeds episodically, with Taylor and Zavala crisscrossing paths with an encroaching drug cartel and its street soldiers. Many dead bodies and grisly sights later, amid some fairly effective suspense sequences, we've gotten to know a bit about Zavala's marriage ("I went to prom and got married a week later") and the horn-dog Taylor's romance with the newfound love of his life, played by Anna Kendrick.
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