End of Watch trailer. Gyllenhaal and Pena show colors
I watched this trailer and immediately thought of Colors. Remember the annoyingly spelt film with Robert Duvall and Sean Penn about an older experienced policeman and a rookie teaming up to patrol the gangland streets of East Los Angeles? Great film, and watching this trailer makes me think of that film.
However here we have Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña teaming up and involving themselves, inadvertently, in the dealings of a major drug cartel who then decide to go after them big time. The film also stars Anna Kendrick, America Ferrara, Cody Horn and Frank Grillo, and it looks good.
Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña play Officer Taylor and Zavala respectively, two young and bold policemen who patrol some of the toughest parts of the city and are well known for their work. However their bravery leads them into a gang den which marks them with a major drugs cartel, and the cartel want them dead.
However End of Watch, and this is what made me think of Colors again, is not just about policing and the problem, it's about the people behind the badges and their families and seems to delve deeper into who they are outside of work as well.
The film is written and directed by David Ayer, and for those of you who don't recognise that name I'm going to mention that he was the writer of U-571, The Fast and Furious, Training Day, Dark Blue, S.W.A.T., the writer and director of Harsh Times, and the director of Street Kings. You can see a trend, and a strong one at that.