End of Watch is gritty. It is real. It is unlike any cop movie I have seen. The expletive packed dialogue and the violent imagery is not for most though.
The reason I say it is unique is two-fold. Number one, much of the camera footage involves cameras mounted on the actor’s chest or dash cam video. These angles give the viewer a feeling of being right in the thick of action and offer a taste of what a cop sees going into a dangerous situation. Secondly, it is realistic. The vocabulary used and the tactics deployed lend to every day calls for the real street cop.
The opening scene of the movie beings with the two main characters in a pursuit. Jake Gyllenhaal gives an opening explanation of what it means to be a cop that sets the immediate tone for a cop movie like no other.
“I am the Police, and I am here to arrest you. You have broken the law. I did not write the law, I may even disagree with the law, but I will enforce it. Nothing will stop me from placing you in a steel cage with bars. Behind my badge is a heart like yours. I bleed, I think, I love, and yes, I can be killed. And although I am but one man, I have thousands of brothers and sisters who would die for me and I for them. We stand watch together. I am fate with a badge and a gun. The Thin-Blue-Line, protecting the prey from the predators, the good from the bad. We are the Police.”-End of Watch