It’s amazing how much difference two trailers make. I saw the poster for End of Watch about three months ago and the sum total of my thoughts was “Jake Gyllenhall, Michael Pena and the guy who wrote Training Day and directed Street Kings. Could be interesting.” Then the first trailer dropped, and suddenly I started paying attention. Then there was the Comic-Con panel, and I realized that this has the potential to be an amazing and unique film.
Now the red-band trailer has been released, and I’m happy to report that it certainly looks to be amazing and unique. And also very violent.
While the first trailer may have looked promising, this one just kicked my teeth in. Writer/director David Ayer’s choice to use pretty much every camera trick in the book, gives this film a very unique look and feel that’s almost a cross between a found footage and a conventional film.
Now, you’d think that having the viewpoint shift from a police car camera to a handheld to being mounted on a gun FPS style would ruin the film, but according to the lucky few film press that got to see the film in a screening last week, it totally doesn’t. It’s been two thumbs way up, pretty much across the board, not just for Ayer’s avant garde direction, but also the performances of the film’s actors who have apparently brought their “A” game.
This film might not have the Marvel or DC styled promo juggernaut behind it, but this may just be the dark horse of the latter part of 2012.
A powerful story of family, friendship, love, honor and courage, End Of Watch stars Academy Award® nominee Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña as young police officers Taylor and Zavala as they patrol the city’s meanest streets of south central Los Angeles.
Giving the story a gripping, first-person immediacy, the action unfolds through footage from the handheld HD cameras of the police officers, gang members, surveillance cameras, and citizens caught in the line of fire to create a riveting portrait of the city’s most dangerous corners, the cops who risk their lives there every day, and the price they and their families are forced to pay.
Last Updated: August 15, 2012