Boys in blue are too good to be true

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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

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