On this edition of Scottscope, special guest panelist Gabe “I am Square One” Mendoza sits in on the roundtable to discuss David Ayer’s latest police drama End of Watch. Is the hype warranted? Is it better than Training Day? Does it represent a new direction for cop movies in the modern era? Can the found footage format be applied to any type of film?
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
In the year 2074, organized crime has become much more sophisticated. This is due in large part to the invention of time travel, which is almost instantly outlawed due to its propensity for misuse. It proves quite a handy tool for carrying out hits and disposing of corpses. Various mafias employ it too just such nefarious ends. Intended targets are sent 30 years into the past, where a hitman known as a looper lies in wait. The looper than takes out the target and gets rid of the body. The loopers ask no questions, they simply follow orders and are paid handsomely in return.
For decades, Gotham city was under the vigilant protection of the dynamic duo known as Batman & Robin. Following the death of Jason Todd, the second Robin, Bruce Wayne went into retirement. Flash forward Ten years later, and Gotham is on the edge of oblivion. A violent youth gang known as the mutants has the city in the grip of panic. Things are steadily growing worse, as law enforcement seems powerless in the face of this rapidly emerging threat. Meanwhile, Bruce Wayne grows antsy. Heeding the relentless call of his darker half, he dons the cape and cowl once more. Alas, many Gothamites don’t see his return as cause for celebration. Never the less, Batman continues his crusade undeterred.