The 7 Worst Justifications for Found Footage in Movies

6. Working on a project for filmmaking class.

As seen as: End of Watch (2012)
Director:
David Ayer

In End of Watch, the ridiculously cliché Latino gangbangers aren't the only ones counterintuitively filming themselves when they shouldn't. LAPD officer Brian Taylor (Jake Gyllenhaal) uses clip-on cameras and a camcorder to record as he and his partner, Mike Zavala (Michael Peña), police the streets—not entirely by the book, mind you. Shooting suspects and agreeing to box a gangster before arresting him is the kind of peanut-butter-and-jelly bullshit that gets you demoted to traffic duty. Fellow officers and higher-ups don't approve, and why should they?

According to Taylor, the reason he needs to film everything is because he's taking a filmmaking class. Oh, well, in that case, by all means, Mr. Spielberg.

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