What an emotional ending. Damn. I was expecting something (even the title seems to imply it), but not that. Or maybe I just wasn't expecting to warm up to the main characters so much. Jake Gyllenhaal shows he doesn't have to play a psycho as he did in Nightcrawler - he's a man with emotion, and so is his partner Michael Peña.
Somehow I have a difficult time seeing Peña as anything else than cheesy, but that's probably because the first movie I watched with him gave me that impression, and though I've forgotten the movie, I just can't shake that impression. Lately he seems to be in all the more serious movies though. Anyway, he and Gyllenhaal come across as lightsome, but genuine personalities. Maybe this movie is all I need to shake the stereotype.
They play cop counterparts and partners Brian and Mike in this movie, and thanks to Brian's un-coplike obsession with videotaping his life, the frequent first-person camera footage feels natural, almost appreciated (though I usually prefer panorama over close-up), and it's not just them, but the bad guys are filming too. Everyone has a camera. The bad guys aren't one single group, but there is one main group of antagonists, and then there's this pair of protagonists: cops, buddies, and brothers. It's an uneven match-up from the start.
It all feels very authentic. It's a grimy, gritty life in the inner city with yay in LA. Not the typical cop movie, but it's a good movie - cops or not. It's a slice of life with personality, and brutal action sequences when you get them. IMDB sums it up like this:
Shot documentary-style, this film follows the daily grind of two young police officers in LA who are partners and friends, and what happens when they meet criminal forces greater than themselves.
Aaand that sums it up pretty well. I really enjoyed this one; despite the downs, it left me feeling inspired. Great watch.
rated 4/5: fo shizzle