|Title:||End of Watch|
|06.25.13||Netflix|| Well... it was refreshing to watch an LA cop movie and not have it involve corruption or evil cops... I definitely spent the whole movie waiting for someone to take the money or the bureaucracy to come crushing down or something like that. Instead it was a straight good guys vs. bad guys type movie and that was ocol...|
...except it was kind of threadbare as far as actual story goes and really obfuscated through this concept of found footage. I feel like I don't hate found footage films nearly as much as most people do and I'm not sick of them yet, but this really stretched the concept too far. Half the movie doesn't even come from "found footage." I feel like Ayer used the idea as an excuse to not hide the dashboard cameras and shoot the whole movie "in the style of" kind of like how Rodriguez exploits the idea of exploitation cinema in his Machete movies. I guess it's like maybe some sort of statement about how everyone has cameras these days maybe? but really no. The fact that the latino gangsters ALSO carry a camera around everywhere they go is ridiculous and the short cartel surveillance footage would've been cool if the rest of the movie paid as much attention (I feel like Chronicle did this well) but seems out of place here. I wish Ayer shot this like a Colors Part 2 or something instead. I could do without the first-person-shooter crap.
So I feel like everything kind of evened out to a little more good than bad, but still pretty forgettable. It really sucks but does a cop movie NEED dirty cops to be good in this day and age? I hope not.