The red band trailer for End of Watch:
Still says it's coming out on September 21. We'll keep you posted!
Reaction to the trailer has been strong, continuing the movie's advance buzz:
A few months ago, End of Watch wasn’t on anyone’s radar. One trailer here, a Comic-Con panel there and now the LAPD action drama starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Pena and directed by David Ayer has a ton of positive buzz rolling with it. This latest red band trailer is sure to continue that train as it features brutal language, disturbing violence and a level of intensity rarely enjoyed by films in this genre. Check it out after the jump.
Great trailer. Intense trailer. And it really puts on display the visual style Ayer has used with this movie. At Comic-Con he was quick to point out that’s it’s not a found footage movie, it’s not a traditional narrative, he just decided to use whatever kind of video footage he felt was best to tell the best story. You see a great example of that in this trailer as the cartel members directly address the camera that they’re now shooting with. I’m a little worried that jumping between point of views, types of address, visual styles etc. might be a bit off-putting or difficult to follow but, from what I’ve heard from people who’ve seen the film, it’s not an issue. The film is reportedly really good.
Employing a hyper-realistic documentary style, writer/director David Ayers looks to have created an intriguing new take on the traditional crime genre, with Gyllenhaal looking particularly menacing as the shaven-headed copper with ideas above his station.
The Playlist isn't totally on board:
So far the trailers have shown a lot of the “found footage” aesthetic of the film -- which cuts to security cameras and dashboard cams as well as an abundance of POV shots to deliver some kind of visceral style -- but very little of what it's actually about, until now. It seems our boys in blue will be running afoul of a drug cartel operating in their precinct, and a hit goes out on their heads, leading to explosions and a hard rock soundtrack or something. Again, it's not the most inventive stuff from Ayer, but both Gyllenhaal and Peña seem to enjoy playing their cocky cops, even if everything around them (particularly the baddies) seems stereotypically dull.