Comic-Con 2012: Creator David Ayer Talks ‘End of Watch’
Most of the films presented at Comic-Con have at a least some sci-fi or fantasy bent, but the new film End of Watch is the exception to that rule. Film Equals was at Comic-Con to find out why 6,500 comic book fans are suddenly interested in watching a movie about two LAPD officers.
Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena play partners who are more like brothers. Through weddings, births, bullets and buildings on fire, they stick together and do the right thing, a far cry from the cops in Training Day, director David Ayer’s last film. But when the cops make a major drug discovery, they become the targets of the Mexican Mafia, putting not only their lives in danger, but their families, as well.
Because the director used first-person POV, as well as steadi-cams and cameras on harnesses to capture all of the action, one feels as if they’re actually on patrol with these cops and that you are just as vulnerable as they are.
What looks to be another great part of the film is the banter between Jake and Michael as their characters joke about quincenearas and designer coffee. Their dialogue seems real and you do get the sense that they are more than just partners. They’re brothers.
It’s so nice to see cops portrayed in a good way, but one does have to wonder if Comic-Con was the best place for a launching of this sort. It showcases great movies, but always with a some sort of geek twist. There is no such thing in this particular film, but it still looks to be a great movie experience.
End of Watch muscles into theatres on September 28th, 2012.