For the most part, the “found footage” cinema verte phenomena of film making has stayed tied to the horror genre. However, films like Chronicle (which still has a supernatural overtone) and Project X are starting to break out of the conventional mold and explore other genre territories.
That is why writer-director David Ayer’s End of Watch seems especially interesting. Ayer, who wrote Training Day and The Fast and the Furious, explores the lives of two young LAPD officers via surveillance cameras, cell phones, dashboard cams, and the handheld HD cameras that the cops are outfitted with.
The cops, Taylor (Jake Gyllenhaal) and Zavala (Michael Pena), are put on the South Central beat. After a big drug bust they find themselves on the hit list of a Mexican Cartel, sending them spiraling towards a violent conclusion. End of Watch attempts to create a first-person intimacy with the officers both on job and when they’re off-the-clock.
Anna Kendrick, America Ferrera, and Frank Gillo will also make appearances in the movie.
End of Watch won’t hit theaters until the Fall when it releases on September 28.