If Training Day, Dark Blue, and The Shield have taught us anything, it’s that every city has its dark pockets or places you just don’t go to. So with David Ayer‘s End of Watch, we get to see how dark and gritty these pockets can be. The filming style resembles a documentary of sorts, with the shaky cam being a constant presence during chase scenes and with the way that actors Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena address the camera. Check out the red band trailer below.
The violent tone shouldn’t be new to anyone who has watched the aforementioned films or television shows. Plus, Ayer directed both Training Day and Dark Blue, but the documentary style film shoot brings an exciting new element to these cop dramas. Think of it as the raw uncut footage from COPS.
In the film, Officer Taylor and Officer Zavala are two veteran cops who are slowly taking down Los Angeles crime. But as they progressively destruct crime in the City of Angels, they are climbing up the ladder of the hit list for various gangs. Soon enough they find themselves in a situation that not only puts them in the front page headlines, but on top of the hit list as well.
Anna Kendrick, Cody Horn, America Ferrera, and Frank Grillo also have starring roles in the film.
End of Watch is scheduled to open in theaters on September 28th.