End of Watch (2012)

endDirector: David Ayer

Writer: David Ayer (Screenplay)

Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Pena, Natalie Martinez, Anna Kendrick, David Harbour, Frank Grillo, America Ferrera, Cody Horn

 

Plot: Shot documentary-style, this film follows the daily grind of two young police officers in LA who are partners and friends, and what happens when they meet criminal forces greater than themselves.

 

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Verdict: Raw Intense Crime Story

 

Story: End of Watch starts as we follow film studying Brian (Gyllenhaal) a police officers that works with Mike (Pena) on the streets of LA. Brian sets up cameras to follow the two on duty as they get stuck in the middle of drug battle as the two races clash for dominance on the streets.

We see the officers getting themselves into the middle of a string of events as we also watch both sides of the war play their cards as they become more deadly each time.

End of Watch is a crime thriller that does everything it can to show just how intense the battles on the streets of LA can be. We get to see just how divided both sides are and how the cops do their best to deal with the situations. On the negative side of this we have the film shot like a documentary which means we get a lot of shaky cam which takes us out of the story too much to enjoy this one. I can see how people will enjoy this as it does come off different to the normal but setting most of the film from within the cameras of the cop we randomly end up with the criminals too which shows we weren’t set for a found footage style either just a random set of handheld shots.

 

Actor Review

 

Jake Gyllenhaal: Brian is studying to be more than just a police officer and one of his fields of studying is film. Brian along with his partner Mike record their time together in the LAPD dealing with different drugs gangs and crimes. We get to see how he sees life as he wants to find the perfect woman but can’t always find her until Janet turns up in his life. Jake is strong in this role working off Pena really well.

Michael Pena: Mike is the partner to Brian who is a family man, he has great chemistry and his heritage helps dealing with Mexican problems they find on the street. Michael is good as he always is with a partnership film.

Natalie Martinez: Gabby is the wife of Mike who stays at home to raise their family, she has been with Mike her whole life after marry young and supports him in each decision he makes. Natalie is only really used as a supporting character never getting enough time to shine.

Anna Kendrick: Janet is the new woman that comes into Brian’s life she helps make him want to settle down being the woman he has always been searching for. Anna also struggles to the same was as Natalie but she does actually look out of place in this role.

Support Cast: End of Watch has a supporting cast which includes all the fellow members of law authority as well as all the different criminals the two officers run into on their duties. Each one offers something new for them to deal with.

Director Review: David AyerDavid does try to give us a raw feeling crime thriller and that all works great its adding the shaky cam which takes away from this film too much.

 

Crime: End of Watch puts us in the middle of a crime war building up between a rising gang and the police.

Thriller: End of Watch does try to drag us into where the men are going with their job but not enough.

Settings: End of Watch keeps nearly the whole film within the rougher neighbourhoods of LA where the two cops stand duty, this does help us understand the situation the men will find themselves in.
Special Effects
: End of Watch has solid effects when it comes to the gun battles going on in the film.

Suggestion: End of Watch is not an easy watch but I do think the crime film fans out there will enjoy this one. (Crime Film Fans Watch)

 

Best Part: Chemistry between Jake and Michael.

Worst Part: Shaky cam doesn’t seem necessary.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $41 Million

Budget: $7 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 49 Minutes

Tagline: Watch Your Six September 28 

Trivia: After Taylor and Zavala pull over the male in the pickup who tries to shoot Zavala, Taylor holds up four fingers to Orozco when she asks, “Are you good?” This is often used by police to signal “Code Four,” meaning “I’m okay; no additional assistance needed at this time.”

 

Overall: Difficult to watch crime thriller that is raw and intense but shaky cam doesn’t work.

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Self/less (2015)

logoDirector: Tarsem Singh

Writer: David Pastor, Alex Pastor (Screenplay)

Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Natalie Martinez, Matthew Goode, Ben Kingsley, Victor Garber, Derek Luke, Jaynee-Lynne Kinchen, Melore Hardin, Michelle Dockery

Plot: A dying real estate mogul transfers his consciousness into a healthy young body, but soon finds that neither the procedure nor the company that performed it are quite what they seem.

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Verdict: Sci-Fi Body Doublling

Story: Self/less starts with ruthless business man Damian (Kingsley) who runs the city and has connections in every corner of business, he weakness is that he has been diagnosed with cancer and will dead within a year. Damian has been researching a process called Shedding that his long time friend and confidant Martin (Garber) has never heard off.

Dr Albright (Goode) is the man behind the Shedding process and the idea has been pitched to Damian who has to make up his mind about making it happen. After going through the process Damian wakes up in a younger body (Reynolds), Damian now has to learn to adapt to his new body with the likes of walking needing to be learnt all over again. Damian has to start a new life though, with money put on the side along with a new name Edward.

Everything seems to go well with the new body, parties, girls booze all the things he never got a chance to do in his first life, but Damian can’t help but miss his previous life with daughter Claire (Dockery) as well as vision he has no idea about.

Damian decides to investigate this vision he has which leads him to discover where the new body really cam from and what the Shedding company has really been getting up too.

Self/less brings another twist to the double swapping idea, sure we only see one side of it all but that doesn’t mean we don’t see the effects. We have the people who knew the body side while he tries to convince the mind side, so that all works nicely. I liked how the film tries to bring in the idea of becoming immortal and the people it would effect. The idea give us the old cause against effect concept and all works really well. Overall this does plan out simple but also gives us the moral questions. (7/10)

Actor Review

Ryan Reynolds: Young Damian is the new body that Damian gets, he gets to live for fun until he starts getting vision of a life that wasn’t his. After he starts researching it turns out the body is of a man called Mark who made a deal to save his dying daughters life. He know has to expose the truth before he loses control. Ryan continues to show his range in a leading role. (7/10)damia

Natalie Martinez: Madeline is the wife of Mark who thought her husband had died, but when Damian turns up she gets to learn how much he sacrificed to give his daughter a new life. Natalie does well but never really excels in this role. (5/10)

Matthew Goode: Albright is the doctor taking care of the Shedding process, he is very careful to keep his own identity secret to protect what is really going on. Matthew gives us a calm villain which all comes off very well but also ends up feeling rather generic. (6/10)

Ben Kingsley: Damian is the successful business man who is dying, he uses his money to go through the Shedding process thinking it is all legit, he leaves his daughter to his money but himself a back up once he has changed. Ben does well in his early role in the film. (7/10)

Support Cast: Self/less has a supporting cast that is either helping Damian or trying to capture him, they all do well without doing too much.

Director Review: Tarsem SinghTarsem does a good job directing a sci-fi action film. (7/10)

Mystery: Self/less does create a mystery but doesn’t give you many clues to what is happening. (5/10)

Sci-Fi: Self/less uses the idea of advanced technology being used to change human mortality. (7/10)

Thriller: Self/less gives us the thriller side by making us want to know what will happen until the end. (7/10)

Settings: Self/less doesn’t us any special location during the film. (3/10)

Suggestion: Self/less is one to really give a chance to, I think this is one people will enjoy but I understand it might be slightly long for all. (Try It)

Best Part: Car chase.

Worst Part: Slightly long.

Action Scene Of The Film: Car chase.

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

Similar Too: The Island

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $12 Million

Budget: $26 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 57 Minutes

Tagline: God created man. Man created immortality.

Overall: Good sci-fi film that asks moral questions.

Rating 70