End of Watch is a drama about life and hard work of police patrol officers. The story tells about 2 cops, partners on watch and friends in life, who carried out their duty with tenacity and strength one can only admire. While doing their job, they nipped at the heels of a Mexican drug cartel on several, seemingly unconnected occasions, disrupting their operation in Los Angeles. Because they were too pure to sell out and impossible to distract, the cartel decided to eradicate them by force.
The film is implemented in the style of mockumentary, although not exclusively – certain scenes were shot in a more conventional manner, but even those are post-processed in such a way that it all produces an impression of great integrity. The photography, the post-production, every detail pertaining to the technical execution part is quite perfect. And the same I can say about the story, which develops in a logical and life-like fashion; the dialogs, which are bright and vivid and funny where necessary; the direction, which sets the story in the incredibly authentic environment; and the acting, which is exactly the way it should be for the sake of the contexture.
In other words, this is one of those films where the balance of components is in harmony so beautiful, it seems if not absolute then rather close to it. It’s deep and powerful, it’s genuine, it’s exciting. Basically, it’s true art.