You have to hand it to David Ayer, he has found his niche and he’s working it hard. From “Training Day” to films like “The Fast And The Furious,” “Harsh Times” and “Street Kings” he’s worked steadily in the urban crime genre, mostly following cops with less than ethical methods. A new red band trailer has dropped, showing his latest entry into the genre, the Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña-starring “End of Watch.”
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.
Co-starring Anna Kendrick, Frank Grillo, “Magic Mike” newcomer Cody Horn, America Ferrera and many more, “End of Watch” opens September 21st following its premiere at TIFF. Watch the red band trailer below.