Monday, February 4, 2013

Wrapping up 2012 with a few more short reviews

End of Watch

I was surprised by how much I enjoyed End of Watch. It wasn't perfect. The camera work was disorienting at first, but it was a bold move by David Ayers to shoot it in such a you-are-there documentary-type way. The movie is at its best when it's strictly about the cops and their day-to-day work. The way it gets so deep into the personal lives of Brian (Jake Gyllenhaal) and Mike (Michael Pena) is one of its greatest strengths. The scenes with the Mexican gang members were incredibly weak by comparison, however. Overall, it's endlessly entertaining from a filmmaker who's working from subject matter he knows best. B+

The Invisible War

I don't review many documentaries on this site, but that's because I simply don't see enough of them. It's my own damn fault. But The Invisible War is a very effective, if not, occasionally flat documentary. It's at its most powerful when it peers into the lives of these incredibly brave and unlucky female soldiers and the more you learn about the military scandals and coverups, the more infuriated you will be. This is a scathing indictment on the US Military and the way they treat their own when it comes to sexual assault, a valid indictment.  B+

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