This week’s reviews: End of Watch, Java Heat
End of Watch
End of Watch is a 2012 documentary style film starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Pena, Anna Kendrick, America Ferreira and Natalie Martinez. The film is set as a thriller drama about two cops working as LAPD in the South Central Los Angeles District. Taylor – played by Jake Gyllinhaal – a former U.S marine, films their daily activities as part of a film project.
There wasn’t a list of things I disliked about this movie – it had a lot of action, loads of disturbing scenes – a family life the cops could reflect on and the underlying connection of brotherhood. The plot had a twisted end with an unsuspected outcome – at least for me. Made me think about all the stuff our modern day police had to deal with. (And the sick shit civilization gets up to.)
Sure, it might not be everyone’s cup of tea but I liked it none the less. One of the best movies I have seen this year. Jake and Michael played their parts as close cops with a bond of brotherhood marvelously. Hats off to Anna Kendrick who just continues to surprise me movie after movie.
Four and a half out of five.
Java heat features none other than ex Tweelight star Kellan Lutz (Jake Travers) and our worldly acclaimed actor Mickey Rourke (Malik). The film starts off in the midst of a terrorist attack in Indonesia. The plot revolves around Jake – an American tough guy who embroils himself in the turmoil surrounding the death of the country’s most beloved Sultana.
Jake alleys himself with a Muslim detective called Hashim. Together they hunt down a fearsome klepto-terrorist called Malik. While the plot might be predictable I liked the heated relationship that was set between Jake and Hashim. Loved the way the film captured Indonesian traditions, how well it reflected on the country itself. Also set a good tone of what someone had to deal with in a country where there is a daily struggle between political and cultural influences.
The movie had enough action and comedy to keep me glued.
And again, I say all hail to the stars that strive past their Twilight backgrounds and board into broader film. I can see Kellan participating in something hard-core army, navy – hell even speedy. Look forward to his next revelation as something other than just a vampire.
Three out of five but only because the plot might be a bit predictable to the very serious critic.