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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…

Secrets, Secrets, Secrets

Kill the Messenger 2014

Pretty sure not everyone trusts the government. I know I don’t and they’re probably already tracking the fact that I just said that. Oops… Anyways, another film that I saw with a friend during my vacation was “Kill the Messenger.” Honestly I thought it wouldn’t be that good, but it was actually pretty interesting and informative. I’ll elaborate.

*SPOILERS*

Needless to say that it is based on a true story, this film follows Gary Webb, a reporter who during a deep investigation of a case ends up with an unexpected discovery of secret information. Long story short, it turns out that the government had been secretly supporting the trafficking of cocaine into the US, which turned out to be one of the reasons that the crack epidemic broke out during the 80s.

Now obviously this is a movie so surely enough, they will exaggerate certain details and aspects from time to time. However I was mostly surprised by how very true this story was when I looked it up. But back to the story, it basically just follows up on how Gary continued to struggle with proving his story to be true, even after it became an internet phenomena and a news story that was covered worldwide.

If I’m going to say something about this film, it’ll be that suspense is nicely handled with the story. It keeps you guessing about whether or not Gary’s quest to proving his story true, will succeed or not. This is also thanks to a great performance by Jeremy Renner who handles himself perfectly with a superb way of asking questions and having the characteristics of an actual news reporter.

The biggest spoiler I will give however is that if you’re expecting a happy ending, you’ll get anything far from it. The ending is pretty much why I chose those set of words at the beginning of my post. Other than that, if you want to know what I’m talking about, you can always check out the whole movie for yourselves. You will be left feeling cynical however. At least I know everyone in the theater did after the film was over. Overall it really is a compelling film that I think everyone should watch at least once.