VOD Recommendation: A Gritty Indie Cop Thriller with Great Performances Coming Soon on Demand
01.20.13 by BrentJS
"We're cops, everyone wants to kill us."
Navigate the mean streets of South Central Los Angeles over an eight-month period with two young cops who find themselves targeted by a drug cartel.
The Flick: End of Watch
The Skinny: Writer-director David Ayer (Training Day, Harsh Times) wrote the screenplay for End of Watch in a mere 6 days and, thirteen months and just $7 million later, the movie was completed. Initially, the entire movie was to be in the "found footage" format, but Ayer decided to "augment" the hand-held footage with standard camera footage once in the editing room. By the end of its 17-week run in theaters, End of Watch had quadrupled its budget in ticket sales and won over a great many critics, earning an 85% approval rating on aggregate review site RottenTomatoes.
The Players: Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña star as Brian Taylor and Mike Zavala, close friends and partners in the LAPD who are considered heroes after rescuing children from a fire. While investigating an unsolved murder, the pair run afoul of a powerful drug cartel trafficking in weapons and women and they become the ones with targets on their backs. Frank Grillo and Anna Kendrick also star.