The second incarnation of my blog
We watched a film last night called End Of Watch with Jake Gyllenhaal about cops in a rough part of Los Angeles. To my amazement, it’s rated 15 by the BBFC.
If you saw this film, you’d never want to go to LA, or any part of America possibly. The stupidly unlikely things that the two main characters see in a few days made America look like a third world dictatorship. It’s basically a film full of swearing and guns.
The shaky camera for the first 20 minutes made me feel ill and the attitude of some characters brought me close to turning the DVD off. I persevered however and I kept thinking that it could have been a good film if they toned it down a bit… well, a lot actually.
Usually the rating attached to films are understandable but in this case, I think the BBFC got it very wrong. It’s a nasty violent film and in a very real way – there is no comic or video game violence here. It’s full of bitter evil anger and I found it quite unsettling and distasteful. I would not want my 15 and 17 year old nephews seeing this film.
And here endeth my rant for the day.