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The trailer for End of Watch is a shoot em up found footage smorgasbord

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I know that the idea of a found footage movie involving the police is not exactly new considering how long COPS has been on television, but the idea of using it for an action/drama does seem to be cashing in on the gimmick. David Ayer's (HARSH TIMES, STREET KINGS) new film END OF WATCH looks to be doing just that.

Synopsis: A powerful story of family, friendship, love, honor and courage, "End of Watch" stars Gyllenhaal and Peña 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 entirely 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.

Having written the screenplay for both of his two prior directorial outings as well as TRAINING DAY, S.W.A.T., and DARK BLUE, Ayer definitely knows his cops. Watching this trailer I didn't feel that it was bringing anything new or unique. The found footage idea does seem to work but, just like on COPS, when the officer carries a camera into the line of fire it makes you question their judgement as a lawman.

END OF WATCH opens on September 28. 2012

Extra Tidbit: I like Jake Gyllenhaal as an actor, but he just seems out of his element in this trailer.
Source: Yahoo Movies

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2:36AM on 05/04/2012
seems pretty sweet! Is this the first found footage film to star big name actors?
seems pretty sweet! Is this the first found footage film to star big name actors?
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1:29AM on 05/04/2012
Wouldn't having two established actors starring defeat the purpose of "found footage"??? I'm guessing it's more of a traditional narrative, using the handheld format.
Wouldn't having two established actors starring defeat the purpose of "found footage"??? I'm guessing it's more of a traditional narrative, using the handheld format.
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11:26PM on 05/03/2012
Would probably be more interested if it stuck to the reality-show style, like COPS, but I'm not fond of this found footage narrative they are trying to do. The film looks all over the place, a little like District 9. Will probably be good if the found footage stuff doesn't get in the way.
Would probably be more interested if it stuck to the reality-show style, like COPS, but I'm not fond of this found footage narrative they are trying to do. The film looks all over the place, a little like District 9. Will probably be good if the found footage stuff doesn't get in the way.
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9:42PM on 05/03/2012

That looked dope

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Not goin to lie
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7:42PM on 05/03/2012
Not sure of how well the found footage angle will play but it looks extremely good
Not sure of how well the found footage angle will play but it looks extremely good
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6:08PM on 05/03/2012
Just an excuse for studios to make movies on the cheap with prosumer cameras. Meh.
Just an excuse for studios to make movies on the cheap with prosumer cameras. Meh.
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5:09PM on 05/03/2012
I liked this trailer and the story looks solid. I dont think it needed the found footage angle though. At some point it stops making sense anyway. who the hell is filming during an ambush-shootout? Still, looks good.
I liked this trailer and the story looks solid. I dont think it needed the found footage angle though. At some point it stops making sense anyway. who the hell is filming during an ambush-shootout? Still, looks good.
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4:46PM on 05/03/2012
Been waiting for this trailer for a long time. Looks great!! This has been my #2 most anticipated of the year right behind The Gangster Squad. The cop genre is like crack for me... Always have to have the latest fix. September can't get here fast enough!
Been waiting for this trailer for a long time. Looks great!! This has been my #2 most anticipated of the year right behind The Gangster Squad. The cop genre is like crack for me... Always have to have the latest fix. September can't get here fast enough!
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