Nothing says grit and real-life cop drama like Training Day writer David Ayer. He’s been responsible for either penning or directing some of the best corrupt cop features of the past decade, like Street Kings and Harsh Times. His latest feature is shot through the viewpoint of two LA city cops and the result is a thrilling and almost all too real depiction of what goes down on the streets on any given day.
End of Watch isn’t as depressing or controversial as some of his past films, but he trades in the corruption and scum for a pair of blue-collar policemen played with brotherhood and compassion by Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena. The duo makes the film work despite its shortcomings and the POV filming technique does help increase the tension and on-edge action.
Our very own Jonathan Lack had this to say about the film in his review:
David Ayer’s End of Watch is an excellent film, a smart and authentic cop drama filled with visceral thrills and genuine pathos. It is one of the best of its kind, and I cannot recommend it highly enough.
Universal will be bringing the film to Blu-Ray in a Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital Copy combo pack with the following special features:
- Feature Commentary with Writer and Director David Ayer
- Deleted Scenes
- Fate with a Badge
- In the Streets
- Women on Watch
- Watch Your Six
You can pick up End of Watch on January 22nd, 2013.