Finally, a Gritty Film About Los Angeles Police: End of Watch Trailer

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Finally, a Gritty Film About Los Angeles Police: End of Watch Trailer

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trailers | August 23, 2012 | Comments ()


Are you annoyed with the continuous stream of found footage horror films? Good news! Now they're going to beat that horse to death in the genre of cop films. I would say that found footage romantic films would be next, but the Internet has already had that covered for years in its own special way.

So Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena play a pair of police officers in Los Angeles. They ride around, do cop stuff, drink, ride around some more, and get in a massive gunfight with half the extras in southern California. Here's the trailer:

I guess this is just the week for really sub par trailer starring actors who have done far better in their careers.

The first half of the trailer isn't terrible by any objective measure I suppose, but the last half of that with the continuous gunfights just isn't working. The sheer mass of bullets fired from automatic weapons at our intrepid heroes in the course of that trailer is enough to melt down and drop forge a ten foot tall gleaming monument to storm trooper marksmanship training.

I suppose that's the kind of thunder that comes down when you hit up the Armenian money train. Feet are going to start coming off, that's all we can be sure about. You never should have trusted Shane, Armando.

And here's the obligatory plot summary which manages to make the film sound less interesting than if they'd just released a blank note card:

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.

I wonder if the producers of "Cops" are getting residuals on this?

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  • Tenacious EJ

    As a cop, I have a hard time watching cop movies because about all I see is 90 minutes of either "you can't do that!" or "cops are corrupt and/or stupid." I'd say its time to see a real "day int he life" type of cop film, but the truth is, most cops don't have more than one or two exciting moments a month, and some have far fewer. In my last four work days, I yanked a guy off a bridge rail who said he wanted to kill himself and responded first to a stabbing where the victim took a boxcutter to the neck. Neither of those were even very exciting, and both were followed with being stuck at the hospital for hours. Shootouts are quite rare, and even arrests aren't an everyday thing. My buddy was featured on Campus PD and even then in a month of filming him they only got 3 calls worth filming, to them. To me they were extremely dull (beercan baseball, really?!?) and quite everyday types of things. And you wouldn't want to waste film on such droll things like that.

  • LibraryChick

    My cousin is a cop in an urban area. He says the same thing about not being able to watch shows like Cops because there was a lot of "You can't do that!" His jurisdiction is a bit more exciting (MS-13 among other issues), but even his job probably would not qualify for an action movie.

  • Dragonchild

    You enforce the law in a first-world nation. That's not a problem. It's generally a good thing when Hollywood doesn't want to make an action movie out of your life.

  • bbr

    u know

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    When was your //cougarKISSing=com sex tape released? I'm going to send you a
    greetings on that, because that's the only thing i really like about u ;)

    Sorry, just kidding

  • John G.

    Is found footage the reality television of movies? Instead of TV without writers, it's movies without a full camera crew? In either case, a way not to pay someone.

  • Yossarian

    Damn your pessimism, SLW. I was kind of looking forward to this (at least since Savages was so disappointing and I really need a gritty, violent, hard-R shoot-em-up to round out the summer). I thought the theatrical trailer had promise. I didn't realize it was a found footage movie. Hmmm. We'll see.

  • alannaofdoom

    "I suppose that’s the kind of thunder that comes down when you hit up the
    Armenian money train. Feet are going to start coming off, that’s all we
    can be sure about. You never should have trusted Shane, Armando."


  • Orleanas

    I don't know what's going on with Jake's career and it pains me. I have a soft spot for the main cast of Brokeback, so to see Jake's career in such a down swing, especially when Anne Hathaway (the weakest from that bunch and the most annoying, really) is doing so well really makes me sad. That stint with Taylor Swift did not help matters much, either imo. Get it together, Jake!

  • Drake

    Either that or fall faster so I can pick him up on Santa Monica before all the pretty is gone.

  • Maguita NYC

    Oh I second that. I have such a soft spot for Jake, Toothy, goosey, whatever name or blind he is under, I want him to succeed.

    That atrocious Prince of Persia did nothing for his career; It was beyond shiteous, and he was truly awful in it with that attempt at a British accent. He redeemed himself somewhat in Source Code, but it was one of those movies that looked much better on DVD than on the big screen.

    Jakey needs to step away from the heroics, or even anti-heroics, of big guns and concentrate on unusual roles. He is one of those stars that I root for in the hope that he rises to the challenge, and gives us something where our idolization is validated.

  • John G.

    Source Code??? surely you jest.

  • hapl0
  • Arran

    Without even seeing the trailer I guessed this was written by David Ayer. Jeez buddy, at least move your films about cops to another city or something.

  • BarbadoSlim

    Cop stuff = beating up on negros, planting evidence, stealing, raping hookers and did I mention beating up on negros?

  • hapl0
  • TherecanbeonlyoneAdmin

    Colors or GTFO.

  • BarbadoSlim

    You know what? That is absolutely true. What else is there to say about the LAPD and the criminal element in that area? Just follow it up with a viewing of Gere and Garcia's Internal Affairs and you are pretty much set.

  • rocky

    Well, and the first two acts of Training Day, before it went all stupid.

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