- Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: It can be hard to root for Taylor and Zeke, especially when the audience already knows that they weren't portrayed as nice cops.
- Nightmare Fuel: The scene in which Taylor and Zeke find the room full of the disected bodies of the cartel's victims is pretty chilling.
- Zeke and Taylor come just in time to see Officer Van Hausen with a knife in his eye, and a new recruit with a broken in face thanks to an especially huge criminal.
- Two two cops respond to a missing children call, and find them bound and gagged with duct tape in a closet inside the house.
- Not to mention investigating a cartel member's house and finding a room full of undocumented immigrants, some of whom are children, who are being held like animals in a cage. The fact that it's never revealed what the cartel planned to use them for is even more horrifying.
- Tear Jerker: The last 15 minutes or so of the film: Taylor and Zeke are gunned down by Big Evil and his gang, and Zeke doesn't make it. Taylor somehow survives, and at Zeke's funeral, he doesn't get more than four words into his eulogy before breaking down.
- In a bizarre case of Mood Whiplash, the last 3-4 minutes is the film's Crowning Moment of Funny; in a flashback to the day of the shooting, Taylor and Zeke are casually chatting in their squad car, and Zeke recalls the memory of hiding under his girlfriend's parents' bed as a teenager, and they start making love unaware that he's there.