Two trailers and two slam dunks as far as I’m concerned. The found-footage/documentary aesthetic is a tired one, but there’s something about writer/director David Ayer’s (Training Day writer, Street Kings) upcoming End of Watch that makes me believe it could be more. Be it the hard-nosed quality, a bevy of capable actors, or the fact that there hasn’t been a decent cop movie of this ilk in theatres since, well, Training Day. This trailer brings the characters and their relationships into better focus; and any trailer reminiscent of The Shield can hardly be a bad thing:
A powerful story of family, friendship, love, honor and courage, End Of Watch stars Academy Award(R) nominee Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena as young Los Angeles 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.
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