The late 1980s and early 90s saw a flurry of films about the South Central L.A. experience, some trying to expose the neighborhood’s severe class and crime problem, others attempting to jump on the bandwagon or cash in on the flavor of the moment. Jump ahead to last year, when Oren Moverman’s Rampart looked back on that time and place, with Woody Harrelson as a crooked cop in the midst of a big-time, real-life police corruption scandal. Next up in the category, coming this fall: David Ayer’s End of Watch, about two thick-as-thieves partners — played by Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena — who unwittingly become some drug lords’ most wanted.
This is Ayer’s third feature as a director, following the South Central L.A. drama Harsh Times (2005) and the L.A.-cop-in-trouble drama, Street Kings (2008). As a writer, Ayer’s penned S.W.A.T., Dark Blue and Training Day. Sense a trend? Has the industry pigeonholed the guy, or is he seen as a reliable ace-in-the-hole for cop movies? Or is the repetition all his doing? Take a look at the movie poster and the trailer, and this one looks chock full of cliches, saved by a pair of talented leads.
Here’s the new movie poster for End of Watch, just in from Open Road Films (click on it for the biggie):
And here’s the End of Watch trailer. What do you think, have we seen this before? End of Watch is scheduled to hit U.S. theaters September 28, 2012.