A Dynamic Five-O

End of Watch

In case some of you haven’t figured it out yet, I’m not really a big fan of action films anymore. At least not since my childhood came to an exaggerated ending due to college and work. But every now and then, its good to watch a little energetic scene to escape the troubles of everyday life. With some humor in between, 2012’s “End of Watch” took me almost completely by surprise and I do have a bit to say about it.

*SPOILERS*

First of all, let me put it into some perspective. Two LA cops. They’re basically besties. They work in South Central which is pretty much even worse than Harlem. With an abundance of disturbance calls and fast-paced crime response, we get to see how these two police officers live on a daily basis through the eyes of first-person camera shooting.

The concept right there seemed a little different to me and I think in a sense, it actually worked. With first-person viewing, the “energy” of the film, or whatever you want to call it, actually works with full fortitude. Even then, we get a lot of character as well as strong hilarious humor through our main characters, Brian and Miguel.

Through its progressive story, we also get a serious thriller side of how these two become engaged in an investigation of crime, gangs and drugs. I definitely don’t want to give away too much here so that’s pretty much all of the movie’s plot that you’re gonna see coming out of my post.

If you’ve watched “Cops,” you’ll notice a sheer amount of similarity. If you’ve watched first-person films, you’ll notice a similarity there too. That’s why I think this film worked perfectly as an action film or a thriller film or whatever you want to classify it as. In my view it honestly has the full package of emotion, story-telling, humor, etc, etc, blah blah blah…

The point I’m trying to get at here, is that if you’ve never seen or heard about this film, then that would be with good reason, due to the fact that this was an independent production that barely got any mainstream recognition from what I remember. I only happened to stumble upon this film with my friends by complete accident when it came out 2 years ago. Regardless, I usually don’t “recommend” films for people in general, but in the cases of exceptions, I will officially nag you all to watch this if you’ve even bothered to read.

To show you how serious I am, I’ll put the trailer here, in the hopes that at least SOMEONE will have watched this film, thanks to me…

A Rat for a Rat

Reservoir Dogs (1992)

Well, I mentioned a film in one of my earlier posts and then it struck me. The next film I want to give my insight about was done by pretty much my favorite director to date, Mr. Quentin Tarantino. I’ll admit, this wasn’t the first film from Tarantino that I watched but it certainly remains one of my favorites. The way I look at, every film has some kind of a formula to it or a set of characters that have various interactions where we take a little personal look into their lives or perspectives. Released in 1992 as an independent film, “Reservoir Dogs” is pretty much the promo of what we as the audience would see and continue to see in many of Tarantino’s films.

*SPOILERS*

It was kind of confusing for me at times to understand what exactly was occurring in the story since it follows an out-of-chronological order. From the opening scene in the diner to the meetings that occur with each character’s backstory to the ear-mutilating scene to the final shootout with Mr. White, Joe and Eddie, this movie really can keep your attention with each sequence. The dialogue itself was unique with its black humor and a story revolving around a diamond heist, or rather the events before and after the heist itself. Regardless I enjoyed the suspense of who is the rat and the way the characters’ aliases were named after a color; in fact one of the scenes poked fun at that idea of color names.

Overall this movie was entertaining for me and I loved every minute of it. Tarantino has yet to disappoint me, but the only flaw, if any, that I didn’t appreciate, was fact that the diamond heist itself is never actually shown. Kind of ironic since the majority of the plot focuses on how the heist is supposed to play out for everybody. In the end however I think Mr. Tarantino always intended it that way.