Open to 'End of Watch'

End of WatchI missed End of Watch (Open Road) in Toronto, primarily because a screening was scheduled only a few days after I returned home, tonight. Early buzz I was hearing at the fest wasn't too positive, but over the last 48 hours or so things seem to be picking up following last night's screening in LA.

Directed by David Ayer (Training Day), it sounds like this is a solid cop drama. Considering it uses something of a "found footage" technique to tell its story -- "footage from the handheld HD cameras of the police officers [Michael Pena and Jake Gyllenhaal], gang members, surveillance cameras, and citizens caught in the line of fire" -- and the fact people commenting on it don't seem to focus on that aspect tells me Ayer was able to tap into a narrative vein that has people paying attention to the story and characters rather than the gimmick used to propel the action. Good stuff.

I've also heard there are some ridiculous angles that pretty much show it abandons the whole "found footage" aspect early on, so I'm ready for that and word is it's quite funny.

The film hits theaters this Friday and I'll try and have a review ready for you before then. I'm currently piecing together my thoughts on Trouble with the Curve so as to have that for you tomorrow morning. Stay tuned.

  • The Dude

    Really looking forward to this one. I love me a solid cop drama.

  • Chris138

    Not sure about this one. Christian Bale was the best thing about Harsh Times and I fell asleep during Street Kings. Based on the commercials I've seen for this film it seems that the camerawork would get tiresome after a while, but if it's really as good as critics seem to think then maybe I'll give it a watch sometime down the road.

  • Michael

    This is one of my most anticipated films of 2012. I love Gyllenhaal, Pena & Kendrick as actors. David Ayer who wrote Training Day (one of my favorite cop dramas flicks) and also directed underrated flicks like Street Kings & Harsh Times also helps the movie. This is a very promising movie and so far critics & people have responded positively, hoping it won't let me down at all when I see it.

  • AS

    The Playlist really trashed it. I'd be very surprised if Brad ends up liking it.