End Of Watch (15) ***

Jake Gyllenhaal stars in End Of Watch
Jake Gyllenhaal stars in End Of Watch
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Officers Brian Taylor (Jake Gyllenhaal) and Mike Zavala (Michael Pena) patrol the mean streets, trading macho banter in between shoot-outs with bad guys.

When Brian and Mike uncover a trafficking operation run by a local cartel, they are marked for death.

End Of Watch boasts thrilling action sequences and strong performances but familiarity with Ayer’s work breeds mild weariness.

The writer-director introduces the stylistic conceit of Brian secretly recording his work in the opening frames.