"one of the most inventive, innovative films of its genre in recent years"
On paper End of Watch would read like your typical police drama, and if you dismissed it as such then you would be depriving yourself of one of the most inventive, innovative films of its genre in recent years.
From the outset the film sets itself up as being a found-footage documentary that Officer Brian Taylor (Jake Gyllenhaal) is shooting, as he discusses candidly with his partner Mike Zavala (Michael Peña) how he'll shoot his film, and what he'll shoot; it's genius.
Where this film differs from others in its genre is that it films from inside the police car, so when they're driving and chatting away, we are taken on the journey with them rather than being outside looking in, which makes for fascinating viewing. In fact, some of the most interesting shots are seen from the officers point of view, such as when they're driving through the streets, or discovering certain things along the way, though I won't give anything away.
I also found the camaraderie between Brian and Mike to be incredibly natural, there is a clear history between these two and Gylenhaal and Peña show this perfectly, it keeps you engaged, you believe in them and what they are trying to do; both as officers of the Law and as best friends.