Jake Gyllenhaal and Micheal Pena star as two hotshot cops in a harsh, violent city. The two officers are envied by their co-workers and respected by the people in the neighborhoods they serve in. After the partners make a few high profile busts, they attract the attention of a Mexican drug cartel. The officers then make a grim discovery that turns their whole lives upside down.
The movie was rather interesting and had a very intriguing storyline. My only real gripe with the film is that the director could not seem to decide if he wanted the movie to be a “Blair Witch” style camcorder experience, or a third person narrative. It seemed as though as soon as I became interested in the story, the perspective would change and take me back out of the story. If the director could have picked a film making style and stuck with it, I would have rated the movie slightly higher.
The story itself was very good. I would suggest that those with a weak stomach fore go the popcorn though, as several scenes are very gruesome. We see a lot of gun violence, as well as some Mexican cartel justice.
If you enjoy a good cop story that is very realistic, this movie is for you.