The last film I saw at this year’s London Film Festival was End of Watch, which is a gritty police drama set in South Central Los Angeles starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena. Directed by David Ayer, Gyllenhaal and Pena make a very decent team and the hand-held feel, which lasts for most of the film, is well-handled. Ayer wrote Training Day, so he definitely has the right pedigree for this. Alright it’s not that different to what you’ve seen before but it is well-made. What makes LFF an interesting festival is its diverse raft of films and End of Watch doesn’t feel out of place here. I am glad I saw it as Gyllenhaal is always watchable and in fact, he is turning into a very decent character actor. Recommended…

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