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I just went and saw End of Watch...this is my review..

 
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I just went and saw End of Watch...this is my review..
My Review of End of Watch...

I went with my husband today to see this movie that he has been wanting to see. All I knew about it was that it was from the producers of Training Day and it was about police officers on the beat. I mainly went to see it because he wanted to see it. But in retrospect, I'm glad I did. End of Watch was a real eye opener for me about law enforcement and what their world is like.

Most of us have a love hate relationship with law enforcement. We all are grateful they're there when we need them, but we also all resent them when they intrude on our lives uninvited. This movie really put it into perspective for me what police officers must deal with on a daily basis. It was a highly realistic and intense depiction of the life of an inner city police department...LAPD to be exact.

The producers of this movie pulled no punches when it came to the gritty reality of what these men and women must face when they are often called to handle some of the worse people the human race was ever cursed with. I highly recommend people go and see this movie, if only to see their side of this high stress often gut wrenching job.

Now I'm not so naive as to not realize there are bad cops out there. Because I know we live in an imperfect world and just as in other occupations, there are imperfect people working these jobs. The sad thing is that when a police officer becomes corrupt, he or she hurts more than just themselves and has the power to hurt many. After watching this movie though, it helped me to see how the fine line between a good police officer and a bad cop can be so easily blurred.

We as human beings all have a breaking point. Most of us don't even know what it is until faced with it. This movie made me realize it is no different for those in law enforcement. They often join the force as young adults with all the right reasons in mind and with minds and ideals that have not been corrupted yet by the horrors of this world. They have all the best of intentions to make their mark in law enforcement and try to make this a better world for those counting on them. That is....until the harsh realities of this job hit them upside the head, and they realize how confusing the line can become between right and wrong and the end justifying the means. They begin to understand that the split second choices they are forced to make on the job are often about life and death with no second chance to get it right. And they witness what happens to their colleagues on the force when they make the wrong choices. They soon see the ultimate sacrifice or the ultimate cost of this job. They become battle hardened and suspicious of everyone outside their ranks. It becomes a type of us against them mentality, and personal safety for them and their partner at all costs.

End of Watch, is very good at ramming this point home. It's like the TV show Cops on steroids and uncensored! It is a chilling look at the evil in this world that most of us are thankfully shielded from. I highly recommend everyone watch this movie. I have a feeling that once you do...you'll never look at police officers the same way again and maybe...just maybe, you might even find a bit more respect for all they do to keep us safe from that which many of us only see in our worse nightmares.

This movie made a real impact on me and caused me to rethink how I feel about law enforcement. Don't get me wrong. I have a great deal of respect for police officers and all they must deal with. My time as an EMT gave me a mere glimpse into their world and it was enough for me to realize some of the things they must face on a daily basis. However, this movie also made me appreciate the so-called "cop mentality" that we are so quick to throw around when describing law enforcement. It helped me to better understand that "cop mentality" and why they think and act the way they do. It's called survival and the ability to do what needs to be done, often when the odds are grossly stacked against them, in order to survive enough to come back and do it all over again the next day.

This movie made me long for the days of the old West when a man's word and his gun are what kept folks in line and in check. And one only needed a Sheriff and his deputy to take care of the rest. This movie made me realize that as citizens and human beings, we lost something very important when we lost the ability to protect ourselves, our property and our loved ones. Much of that loss due to laws that have slowly been eating away our second amendment rights, but also by being conditioned that we should be relying on others to do the job for us, we lost the empowerment that comes with protecting our own, and what it fully means to do so. But we also lost the ability to relate to the one who we call on to protect us. We now understand the "us against them" mentality and we further continue to widen that divide where trust and having each other's backs were all that was once needed. It's a whole different ball game out there now folks, and it ain't pretty. Modern law enforcement are having to make up the rules as they go along just so that they can live to fight another day. Why you may ask? So that we don't have to. Just something to think about the next time you get pulled over and Mr. officer isn't in the best of moods.

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Re: I just went and saw End of Watch...this is my review..
Well written, well said.
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Thanks. I highly recommend the movie.
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My Review of End of Watch...

I went with my husband today to see this movie that he has been wanting to see. All I knew about it was that it was from the producers of Training Day and it was about police officers on the beat. I mainly went to see it because he wanted to see it. But in retrospect, I'm glad I did. End of Watch was a real eye opener for me about law enforcement and what their world is like.

Most of us have a love hate relationship with law enforcement. We all are grateful they're there when we need them, but we also all resent them when they intrude on our lives uninvited. This movie really put it into perspective for me what police officers must deal with on a daily basis. It was a highly realistic and intense depiction of the life of an inner city police department...LAPD to be exact.

The producers of this movie pulled no punches when it came to the gritty reality of what these men and women must face when they are often called to handle some of the worse people the human race was ever cursed with. I highly recommend people go and see this movie, if only to see their side of this high stress often gut wrenching job.

Now I'm not so naive as to not realize there are bad cops out there. Because I know we live in an imperfect world and just as in other occupations, there are imperfect people working these jobs. The sad thing is that when a police officer becomes corrupt, he or she hurts more than just themselves and has the power to hurt many. After watching this movie though, it helped me to see how the fine line between a good police officer and a bad cop can be so easily blurred.

We as human beings all have a breaking point. Most of us don't even know what it is until faced with it. This movie made me realize it is no different for those in law enforcement. They often join the force as young adults with all the right reasons in mind and with minds and ideals that have not been corrupted yet by the horrors of this world. They have all the best of intentions to make their mark in law enforcement and try to make this a better world for those counting on them. That is....until the harsh realities of this job hit them upside the head, and they realize how confusing the line can become between right and wrong and the end justifying the means. They begin to understand that the split second choices they are forced to make on the job are often about life and death with no second chance to get it right. And they witness what happens to their colleagues on the force when they make the wrong choices. They soon see the ultimate sacrifice or the ultimate cost of this job. They become battle hardened and suspicious of everyone outside their ranks. It becomes a type of us against them mentality, and personal safety for them and their partner at all costs.

End of Watch, is very good at ramming this point home. It's like the TV show Cops on steroids and uncensored! It is a chilling look at the evil in this world that most of us are thankfully shielded from. I highly recommend everyone watch this movie. I have a feeling that once you do...you'll never look at police officers the same way again and maybe...just maybe, you might even find a bit more respect for all they do to keep us safe from that which many of us only see in our worse nightmares.

This movie made a real impact on me and caused me to rethink how I feel about law enforcement. Don't get me wrong. I have a great deal of respect for police officers and all they must deal with. My time as an EMT gave me a mere glimpse into their world and it was enough for me to realize some of the things they must face on a daily basis. However, this movie also made me appreciate the so-called "cop mentality" that we are so quick to throw around when describing law enforcement. It helped me to better understand that "cop mentality" and why they think and act the way they do. It's called survival and the ability to do what needs to be done, often when the odds are grossly stacked against them, in order to survive enough to come back and do it all over again the next day.

This movie made me long for the days of the old West when a man's word and his gun are what kept folks in line and in check. And one only needed a Sheriff and his deputy to take care of the rest. This movie made me realize that as citizens and human beings, we lost something very important when we lost the ability to protect ourselves, our property and our loved ones. Much of that loss due to laws that have slowly been eating away our second amendment rights, but also by being conditioned that we should be relying on others to do the job for us, we lost the empowerment that comes with protecting our own, and what it fully means to do so. But we also lost the ability to relate to the one who we call on to protect us. We now understand the "us against them" mentality and we further continue to widen that divide where trust and having each other's backs were all that was once needed. It's a whole different ball game out there now folks, and it ain't pretty. Modern law enforcement are having to make up the rules as they go along just so that they can live to fight another day. Why you may ask? So that we don't have to. Just something to think about the next time you get pulled over and Mr. officer isn't in the best of moods.
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