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

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trailers | August 23, 2012 |

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trailers | August 23, 2012 |

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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Steven Lloyd Wilson is the sci-fi and history editor. You can email him here or follow him on Twitter.