The first clip from director David Ayer’s (Harsh Times) latest cop drama, End of Watch, has landed online, and odds are you’ll probably be taken aback by its tone. The film stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña as a couple of uniformed police officers who overstep their bounds when they decide to investigate a drug cartel and end up becoming targets. Ayer shot much of the film with handheld cameras and rigs hooked up to the actors that give the audiences POV shots. They screened three clips at the film’s Comic-Con panel, and this one that’s been released to the public is actually really funny. Gyllenhaal and Peña have a back and forth while busting each other’s balls, and the chemistry between the two is great. Ayer revealed at Comic-Con that this scene was entirely improvised on set. I definitely liked what I saw from the panel, and hopefully the full film delivers the goods.
Hit the jump to watch the clip. The film also stars Anna Kendrick America Ferrera, Frank Grillo, and Natalie Martinez. End of Watch opens on September 28th.
Here’s the synopsis for End of Watch:
End Of Watch stars Academy Award® nominee Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña as young Los Angeles police officers Taylor and Zavala as they patrol the city’s meanest streets of south central Los Angeles. The film creates a riveting portrait of the city’s most dangerous corners, the cops who risk their lives there every day, and the price they and their families are forced to pay.
Clip via Hulu.