DVD review: End of Watch

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The Independent Culture

Like Paranormal Activity, End of Watch uses "found footage".

The conceit is that Jake Gyllenhaal is recording his life for a college course, but the director doesn't stick with the faux-doc gimmick, nor does he make any interesting use of it. The film isn't about cracking a specific case; it's about riding along with two buddies, but it ends up steering its squad car between two stools – with neither the authenticity of a documentary nor the narrative drive of a fictional thriller.