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Old 16-11-2012, 10:37
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Two great performances in a potentially great movie scuppered by the decision to use old hat found footage/shakycam filming throughout.
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Old 16-11-2012, 13:33
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i heard its amazing,havnt seen it yet though
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Old 16-11-2012, 18:26
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I enjoyed it, didn't mind the shaky cam footage. I thought Gyllenhaal and Pena were superb, I found it better than Street Kings/Training Day.
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Old 16-11-2012, 23:02
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I enjoyed it, didn't mind the shaky cam footage. I thought Gyllenhaal and Pena were superb, I found it better than Street Kings/Training Day.
Went to see this on Tuesday and I agree with the above comments...
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Old 16-11-2012, 23:04
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I like the premise, not too sure about the trailer. However, I want to see it.
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Old 17-11-2012, 21:38
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Thought it was going to be a bit disappointing, but the last 40 minutes is excellent.
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Old 17-11-2012, 22:56
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I'd like to see this, it looks much like Southland, which is one of my favourite shows.
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Old 25-11-2012, 20:04
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I'd like to see this, it looks much like Southland, which is one of my favourite shows.
Southland is much Better.

EOW....6/10
Too much boring Chat from Jake Gyllenhaal & Michael Pe˝a...Action, when it comes, is just OK...And the shaky camera work.... irritating.
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Old 25-11-2012, 20:22
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Just saw it tonight. Really good. Gyllenhall and Pena could be Oscar Potentials.
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Old 25-11-2012, 20:46
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I don't know why but from the trailer it looks cheaply made and pretty naff... However it's recieved some great reviews so i may check it out
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Old 26-11-2012, 23:41
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I thought a better ending would have been either:

A) Black dude who 'respects' cops saves them from the 4 trailer trash gangsters

B) Black dude who 'respects' cops avenges them by shooting dead the 4 trailer trash gangsters.
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Old 27-11-2012, 05:25
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I quite enjoyed this. The shakey cams annoy me in big budget action films, where I just want to see the special effects, but in this, I think it worked. It gave it a sort of documentary feel and added to the edgy, reality cop show atmosphere, that I think it was aiming for.

Great performances by both leads, though I found the constant swearing a bit irritating, and it's not exactly a cheery film either Overall, I'd give it a 7/10.
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Old 27-11-2012, 15:53
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I don't know why but from the trailer it looks cheaply made and pretty naff... However it's recieved some great reviews so i may check it out
I quite enjoyed this. The shakey cams annoy me in big budget action films, where I just want to see the special effects, but in this, I think it worked. It gave it a sort of documentary feel and added to the edgy, reality cop show atmosphere, that I think it was aiming for.

Great performances by both leads, though I found the constant swearing a bit irritating, and it's not exactly a cheery film either Overall, I'd give it a 7/10.
It cost $7 million to make....It came out at the end of September in the US and made $39 million.
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Old 27-11-2012, 16:39
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Found footage / Shakycam is the ultimate turn off.
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Old 28-11-2012, 14:30
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It cost $7 million to make....It came out at the end of September in the US and made $39 million.
What has that got to do with my post? I said shakey cams annoy me in big budget films because I miss the effects, which is why I didn't mind them in this because it is relatively low budget, and I think they were going for the police camera action style with it.

$7 million might sound like a lot, but it is low budget for a film, believe me. For example, a similar film by the same writer, "Training Day" cost $45 million and is still pretty low budget, and a big effects fest like Transformers for example would be well over $100 million.
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Old 28-11-2012, 16:19
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Have to say this was a disappointment.

As some others have mentioned, the shakey-cam camera work is really tiresome now. It adds absolutely nothing to the film whatsoever.

And as also mentioned, this reeks of the acclaimed US drama series Southland, but is inferior to the show, despite having an eerily similar premise.

In its defence the on-screen relationship between Gyllenhaal and Pena is highly believable and works really well. Everything else though is a generic, run of the mill, LA cops and gangsters stuff.

Review here.
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Old 29-11-2012, 10:24
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I thought it was brilliant - one of the best films I've seen in a long time. Two superb performances for Gylanhaal and Pena.

Don't understand the gripe with the "shaky cam" - it adds a lot more realism to it than if it was a multi cam, multi angle film. It would lose its grittiness. You really found yourself bonding with the two characters.

It's Oscar worthy material for me.
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Old 29-11-2012, 17:43
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I didn't realise it was from the same guy who directed Training Day. It makes sense though, both are really good and have a similar feel. Agree that Gyllenhaal and Pena had great chemistry and the tension at the end was immense.

I didn't mind the shakey cam aspect too much, but then it doesn't bother me in general like it seems to with some. I guess some of the justification for certain characters filming was a bit clumsy, but eh.
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Old 29-11-2012, 18:12
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I didn't realise it was from the same guy who directed Training Day. It makes sense though, both are really good and have a similar feel. Agree that Gyllenhaal and Pena had great chemistry and the tension at the end was immense.

I didn't mind the shakey cam aspect too much, but then it doesn't bother me in general like it seems to with some. I guess some of the justification for certain characters filming was a bit clumsy, but eh.
It's from the same writer as Training Day but not the same director.

Antoine Fuqua directed Training Day based on David Ayer's screenplay. David Ayer wrote/directed End of Watch.
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Old 29-11-2012, 18:40
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What has that got to do with my post? I said shakey cams annoy me in big budget films because I miss the effects, which is why I didn't mind them in this because it is relatively low budget, and I think they were going for the police camera action style with it.

$7 million might sound like a lot, but it is low budget for a film, believe me. For example, a similar film by the same writer, "Training Day" cost $45 million and is still pretty low budget, and a big effects fest like Transformers for example would be well over $100 million.
Just saying this film is the complete opposite to a big budget film....7 million, would just cover the catering with some of those films.
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Old 29-11-2012, 19:57
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It's from the same writer as Training Day but not the same director.

Antoine Fuqua directed Training Day based on David Ayer's screenplay. David Ayer wrote/directed End of Watch.
ah right, my mistake.
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Old 30-11-2012, 08:21
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There's a good copy of this out which enabled me to skip the many boring parts, the hispanic baddies were stupidly unrealistic, but I'll give it 7/10 for using "Harder than you think" by public enemy
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Old 30-11-2012, 12:35
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I'm a big Jake Gyllenhaal fan - my favourites are Zodiac, Donnie Darko, Brokeback Mountain, the one on the train the name of which I always forget. Proof, Day After Tomorrow, October Sky - well most really. Would love to see End of Watch and glad that people like it mostly.

His films usually have good music in them.
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Old 30-11-2012, 17:21
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man I just watched this. thought I was on to a winner when I got HD version the other night!

my god, this film is kinda boring. Weak storyline that doesnt seem to go anywhere!

The ending was so bad!!
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Old 30-11-2012, 19:20
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I'm a big Jake Gyllenhaal fan - my favourites are Zodiac, Donnie Darko, Brokeback Mountain, the one on the train the name of which I always forget. Proof, Day After Tomorrow, October Sky - well most really. Would love to see End of Watch and glad that people like it mostly.

His films usually have good music in them.
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