In his various screenplays and films, David Ayer has shown a seemingly bottomless interest in the Los Angeles Police Department. As the writer of Training Day
and the director of Street Kings
(which boasted a script co-written by James Ellroy, another man who has made a career out of his obsession with the LAPD), he’s returned again and again to these boys in blue, and End of Watch
continues this motif.
The movie stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena as partners Brian and Mike, beat cops who pass the time during their shifts by hurling endless insults -- often racial -- back and forth, but only because they are obviously deeply devoted to...