Boys in blue are too good to be true
END OF WATCH ★★★ Directed by David Ayer. Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Peña, Anna Kendrick, David Harbour, Frank Grillo, America Ferrera, Natalie Martinez 16 cert, general release, 109 mins WHEN DID found footage get so, well, unfound? By now we’re accustomed to seeing unlikely floating cameras and impossible shots dotted across The Devil Inside or the Paranormal Activity sequence. Now, David Ayers, the director behind Harsh Times and author of such robust urban dramas as Dark Blue, turns in a cop drama with plenty of macho swagger and half a mind to make a found-footage picture.
We’re introduced to upstanding young LAPD go-getter Brian Murphy (Jake Gyllenhaal) and his trusty partner Mike Zavala (Michael Peña) on their rounds as Brian attempts to film for a night-school project.
This framing device is quickly discarded in favour of high-speed sirens, bromance and the duo’s pursuit of a drugs cartel. It’s a cheat, though it does cheat in a manner that enhances the film’s entertainment value.
But wait, you think. This is a gritty David Ayers picture. It’s all well and good watching fine, dedicated officers of the law make extraordinary breakthroughs. One of these chaps must be on the take, right?
The twist in End of Watch is its