September 29, 2012 at 12:52 am #70073
Haven’t seen a thread for this, so I made one.
Wasn’t too excited when I saw the trailer for this, but a friend wanted to go see it. I’m so glad I let him drag me into this. MY GOD. I don’t think I relaxed for one minute during this entire film. One of the best & most intense films I’ve seen this year, hands down.
Best part of the film, no doubt about it, was Michael Pena. Just all-around terrific, from start to finish. Tough, funny, vulnerable. Excellent performance.
Jake Gyllenhaal was good. Probably miscast, but it wasn’t distracting. He did have great chemistry with Michael Pena though. Nice work from Anna Kendrick and America Ferrera as well.
This is probably a longshot, but what are the chances that Michael Pena scores a Supporting Actor nomination next year? Technically, Pena’s a lead in this film, but they’ll probably campaign for him in supporting.
I was checking the experts’ predictions, and I think only 1 person was predicting Best Picture and Best Supporting Actor nominations for this film. Crossing my fingers that this sneaks up on people the way that “Crash” did a few years back, which coincidentally, also starred Michael Pena.
Has anyone else seen End of Watch? Thoughts?September 29, 2012 at 1:15 am #70075
“This is probably a longshot, but what are the chances that Michael Pena scores a Supporting Actor nomination next year?”
Michael Pena has this uncanny ability to be in Oscar-winning or nominated films. Crash, Babel, Million Dollar Baby. This is no ‘scientific’ observation, but some actors do that, such as Bernard Hill. It looks like a really long shot right now with the reviews all over the place, but personally, I’d love to see Pena get a nomination. He’s usually terrific.October 28, 2012 at 10:47 am #70076
Has anyone watched this movie?October 28, 2012 at 11:52 am #70077
^I’ve seen it. I enjoyed it very much. I thought Jake Gyllenhaal was fantastic, and IMHO, it’s his best performance yet. I’d say the same of Michael Pena, who I thought was just terrific. It’d make my year to hear his name called for Supporting Actor on nominations morning.
The film has it’s cliches for sure, and it took me a good 20 minutes or so to get past the directing style (handheld), but the chemistry between all of the actors, especially Gyllenhaal and Pena, were enough to carry me through. I thought the dialogue was also well written.
P.S.- Special shout-out to America Ferrera. She was great in her small supporting role.November 27, 2012 at 8:27 pm #70078
It’s written by David Ayer, who also directed. It follows a loose, episodic story structure that welcomes valuable detours off the main path. Such a narrative risks meandering, but in this case many of the film’s incidents are compelling precisely because they aren’t required to fulfill plot points; events are allowed to unfold that are interesting for their own sake. In some screenplays, there are no details that are not directly related to the plot, and they feel contrived, but in this film the plot unfolds in a world that is fully formed and alive.