It’s buddy cop day. More specifically, it’s ‘buddy cop flipped on its side’ day. Loyal followers have already seen the post below which is a buddy cop movie flipped onto it’s 60s Irish side making for a darker over the top comedy. End of Watch flips the script to make a darker and more dramatic version of the genre.
Michael Peña is BACK (well this one is older, buy ya get me) doing what he does best, being a hilarious movie cop type, in this single camera found footage style cop drama from David Ayer. Yes, Ayer made this, so expect explosions, oversized weapons dipped in gold, and all of that noise. But in this application, those vehicles actually work to create this beautifully gut wrenching take on the genre. It’s hard to call a movie with a gold AK47 and a villain named ‘Big Evil,’ subtle, but this film really is. It flips from found camera footage of two cute cop buddies into a fully directed drama without you even noticing. You’ll go from laughing to cheering to crying without even noticing. You’ll go from thinking Ayer is a helicopter loving Joker ruining director to a beautiful genius without even noticing.
Instead of being a cop tale about corruption and drugs and cash, this film is about friendship. Ayer’s choice to give Michael Peña and Jake Gyllenhaal cameras and the license to improvise add to the realism of the friendship. The two are more than charming and make this flip on the buddy cop genre more than welcome.
Great if you liked: The Fast and the Furious, Nightcrawler, Dog Day Afternoon, Cerpico, Donnie Brasco, Training Day, Street Kings