Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Peña, Natalie Martinez, Anna Kendrick, David Harbour, Frank Grillo, America Ferrera, Cle Shaheed Sloan, Jaime FitzSimons, Cody Horn, Shondrella Avery
OUR RATING: ★★★★☆
Action crime drama written and directed by David Ayer. End of Watch (2012) follows two LAPD officers, Mike Zavala (Michael Peña), and Brian Taylor (Jake Gyllenhaal), as they patrol the ganglands of South Central Los Angeles with Taylor documenting the life of a cop for a film project. Though they may bend the rules, their honor and dedication to the job are unquestioned. Taylor and Zavala always have each other’s back. However, it doesn’t take long before Zavala and Taylor find themselves in the crossfire of LA’s worst criminals.
Our Favorite Quotes:
Brian Taylor: I’m the police. And I’m here to arrest you. You’ve broken the law. I did not write the law. I may even disagree with the law. But I will enforce it. No matter how you plead, cajole, beg, or attempt to stir my sympathies, nothing you do will stop me from placing you in a steel cage with grey bars. If you run away, I will chase you. If you fight me, I will fight back. If you shoot at me, I will shoot back. By law, I am unable to walk away.
Brian Taylor: I’m a consequence. I am the unpaid bill. I am fate with a badge and a gun. Behind my badge is a heart like yours. I bleed. I think. I love. And, yes, I can be killed. And although I am but one man, I have thousands of brothers and sisters who are the same as me. They will lay down their lives for me. And I them. We stand watch together. A thin blue line. Protecting the prey from the predators. The good from the bad. We are the police.
Brian Taylor: [to the camera] This is my day job. Some of you might know me as Brian. Or Taylor. But here I am Police Officer Two Brian Taylor. This is where the forces of good, prepare to fight to forces of evil.
Brian Taylor: This is my partner, Officer Zavala.
Mike Zavala: [as he’s half-dressed] I’m in my chones.
Brian Taylor: We work basic patrol here at Newton. One of the toughest divisions in the LAPD.
Mike Zavala: Shooting Newton, baby. That’s right. Lucky Thirteen.
Brian Taylor: This is a department issue sidearm. Glock nineteen. Spyderco tactical knife. And this little thing can break windows here. Two Smith and Wesson handcuffs. Can of OC spray. Pepper spray. Two extra mags. What else? That’s my nametag, here. You can see my partner’s dirty locker.
Mike Zavala: Yours is like a woman. Look at this. What is this, Pottery Barn?
Mike Zavala: Are you going to shut the f*** up and get ready for roll call?
Brian Taylor: Dude, don’t swear, man. I have to edit that out, when you swear.
Mike Zavala: Oh, f***! Oh, s**t, dude! F***, man! Okay, now in Spanish.
Brian Taylor: Oh, look! It’s Officer Van Houser. Officer Three. Van Houser. Considered un-promotable by the department.
Mike Zavala: And the angriest f***ing cop in the world.
Captain Reese: I’d like to welcome back Zavala and Taylor. DA cleared these guys in last month’s shooting. Turned out to be a good shooting. I know firsthand what you guys went through. It’s an unpleasant experience being under that much scrutiny. But you need to remember something. An on the job shooting is still considered a homicide. It’s never an easy ride. If you do the right thing, I will always have your back. Do the wrong thing, and cross me, I will personally throw you under the bus. Am I clear?
Officers: Yes sir!
'Just because I look like the dudes from Home Depot, doesn't mean I do the s**t the Home Depot dudes do.' - Mike Zavala (End of Watch) Click To Tweet
Mike Zavala: I don’t really know how to write. But I do sign and draw pictures.
Sarge: Seriously, you don’t start writing, Captain’s going to s**t on my head, and in turn, I’m going to s**t on your head. And I promise you, you guys are going to be separated.
Orozco: Do it, Sarge.
Sarge: You’re on X Thirteen. Sorry, fellas. This isn’t Monopoly. You don’t get to choose your real estate. Now go. Get out. Zavala, try not to kill anybody before the end of the watch.
Mike Zavala: Really, Sarge?
Brian Taylor: Sarge, if we kill someone in X Thirteen, can we go back to X Nine?
Van Hauser: Today is a brand new day. Get the shop, gas the shop, wash the shop. Make sure day watch didn’t leave behind any surprises for us. Look for guns, drugs, puke.
Orozco: Why are you shooting everything?
Mike Zavala: It’s for his class.
Davis: I thought you were studying law.
Brian Taylor: Pre-law. I need an art elective. I’m taking filmmaking.
Orozco: Well, get my good side, hey?
Mike Zavala: You don’t have a good side.
'Comfortable footwear. Policing is all about comfortable footwear.' - Mike Zavala (End of Watch) Click To Tweet
Orozco: [referring to Brian’s camera recording] Listen, you know they can subpoena that s**t if something goes sideways, right? Think twice.
Brian Taylor: Two words. Erase button.
Orozco: Two words. Just because you guys think you’re these big ghetto gunfighters now, don’t mean you can be dropping your calls.
Brian Taylor: That was at least two dozen words.
Orozco: Yeah, well, I barely got a GED. so what do you expect, white boy?
Brian Taylor: Unbelievable.
Mike Zavala: Admit it, you’d hit that s**t.
Brian Taylor: Orozco?
Mike Zavala: Yeah.
Brian Taylor: With a cinderblock.
Mike Zavala: Dude, it’s good to be back, man. Old lady was driving me crazy at the casa, like making me do s**t.
Brian Taylor: Oh, no! She dared ask for your help around the house. That’s incredible. Outrageous.
Mike Zavala: Hey, just because I look like the dudes from Home Depot, doesn’t mean I do the s**t the Home Depot dudes do.
Brian Taylor: I would never profile you as a man who helps his wife with chores.
Mike Zavala: Shut up.
Brian Taylor: Dude, I’m your homie, okay? I would never, ever do that.
Mike Zavala: Her brother was always coming over during the day to swim. Every day. I hate everything about him. He smells like weed sometimes. Like he’s got like a prescription. And Gabby was like, “No, it’s all good.” And I was like, “Whatever, get him the hell out of here.” I swear to God, I’m filling in that pool with cement.
Brian Taylor: Not personally, because you’ll hire a Home Depot dude for that task.
Mike Zavala: F*** you.
Brian Taylor: [as they’re going to check out an incident’s at a man’s house] First customer of the day.
Mike Zavala: I hope they enjoy our police service.
'This is the lifeblood of our organization. Paperwork.' - Brian Taylor (End of Watch) Click To Tweet
Mike Zavala: Sir, if you’ve been drinking, you need to stay the f*** inside and not intimidate the mailman. That’s it.
Mr. Tre: F*** you! You need to shut the f*** up! Because without that badge and gun, you ain’t s**t!
Mr. Tre: Let me tell you something. Me and the cop got down, right? Motherf***er took off his badge, dropped his gun. I mean, he kept it gangster. We straight-up squabbled. Head up.
Man Friend: But they still took you to the County though, huh?
Mr. Tre: Yeah, but for disorderly conduct. Not for squabbling with the police, you feel me?
CK: You fought a cop and they didn’t put “no assaulting a peace officer” on you?
Mr. Tre: Let me tell you something, win, lose, or draw, as long as you squabble and get down, that’s gangster, you understand what I’m saying?
Brian Taylor: There are forty-five and nine millimeter shell casings inside.
Homicide Detective 2: How do you know that? Did you touch them? Did you f*** up my vehicle?
Brian Taylor: No, sir.
Mike Zavala: Sir, we found it, we called you.
Homicide Detective 1: Well, the big dogs are here now, so set up some yellow tape and stand on the other side of it.
'Can you live without her? And if the answer is yes, man up and forget her. Don't string her along.' - Mike Zavala (End of Watch) Click To Tweet
Brian Taylor: Dude, it’s been two hours. We’re still waiting for the detectives to release the scene so we can go back on patrol.
Mike Zavala: Comfortable footwear. Policing is all about comfortable footwear.
Van Hauser: [to Brian and Mike] Sarge said I should relieve you guys so you can go back to being the street gods that you are.
Brian Taylor: Officer Van Hauser, have you made a difference today?
Van Hauser: You know, I see you guys out here, you’re being good little company men, aren’t you? Are you doing the Lord’s work? And you’re making a difference, as you call it. It’s all fun and games to you, you get to run, and jump, and fight, and shoot. One day, mark my words. One day, the LAPD is going to bend you over your black and white, and they are going to f*** you up the a**.
Van Hauser: They are going to f*** you so long and so hard, you’re going to want to eat your gun just to make it stop. And if you don’t eat your gun, and the f***ing somehow magically stops, they’re going to give you freeway therapy. You’re going to end up doing West End Valley day watch. Spending two hours every day on the f***ing freeway just thinking about the f***ing that they gave you. Bad guys attack from up front. The department comes in from the rear. Watch your six.
Mike Zavala: [holds up a hand gel] I’m ready. This may say Purell, but It’s really KY.
Van Hauser: You kids have fun out there. The LAPD’s got a big f***ing c**k.
Brian Taylor: You got a big heart. Thank you for sharing that. Can’t wait to get it up the a**.
'You have a soul?' - Sarge, 'Yes. We just leave it at home.' - Davis (End of Watch) Click To Tweet
Mike Zavala: You should marry one of my cousins.
Brian Taylor: If they’re anything like you, I wouldn’t be able to stand a f***ing hour with them.
Brian Taylor: Did you hear what I said to you? You just let me know how clear I have to make myself to you! Why don’t you open your f***ing mouth and tell me how clear I have to make myself to you?
Mike Zavala: Who are you texting? That same b**ch?
Brian Taylor: Dude, yeah. She’s smart, man. She’s like the first girl I can actually have a conversation with. You know she has a Master of Sciences in Fluid Hydraulics.
Mike Zavala: Fluid Hydraulics?
Brian Taylor: Yes.
Mike Zavala: I wouldn’t brag about that, dude. That she has a master’s degree in Fluid Hydraulics.
'Just because you say it twice doesn't mean that I get it the second time.' - Mike Zavala (End of Watch) Click To Tweet
Brian Taylor: [referring to his usual dates] There’s a pattern. An MO here. First date is dinner and a respectful kiss. Second date is dinner, full carnal knowledge. And then third date is dinner and uncomfortable silences when I try and discuss anything of merit. Then it’s two or three booty calls, and it’s on to the next.
Mike Zavala: Okay, I went to prom and I got married a week later. And I ain’t tapped anybody but Old Faithful for like eight years. So, I don’t know what you’re tripping about, dude.