Peeping Tom, Night of the Hunter and a whole host of older films were ignored or given bad reviews upon…
The most corrupt cop you've ever seen on screen
Follows veteran police officer Dave Brown, the last of the renegade cops, as he struggles to take care of his family, and fights for his own survival.
Ahhh, the film that made Woody Harrelson the most hated man on Reddit (if you don't know what I'm talking about, you have some reading to do my friend -- www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/p9a1v/im_woody_harrelson_ama/). He was slaughtered, teased, provoked and assaulted (all verbally of course) and now he's out to take revenge in 'Rampart.' An engaging tale about a contemptible, rebellious cop whose life takes a continuous downward spiral as he struggles to keep his position on the police force.
David Brown (Woody Harrelson) is articulate, intelligent, sharp, a womanizer, sick, ruthless, racist, misogynistic, brutal and most importantly, heartless. David Brown is many things, but the skill that often triumphs over his other attributes is his ability to hide. Hide his negative personality…
Oren Moverman is obviously someone to watch. I've now bought both of his feature length movies and been impressed by both. "Rampart", his second film to feature both Woody Harrelson and Ben Foster is a controversial look at a LAPD police officer whose about as dirty and corrupt as they come.
Woody Harrelson in the last few years has gone through a bit of a renaissance with some impressive turns in everything from bit parts to headline star. Little roles in the likes of "No Country For Old Men" have elevated his persona as a guy you can rely on. Moverman has obviously got a lot of faith in what Harrelson brings to his roles and with a script here…
Aside from some actually quite good camerawork, this essentially relies on the cast to carry it forward. And by the cast, I mainly mean Woody Harrelson. His performance as a corrupt cop slowly coming to terms with a career of cover-ups, bribery and general misdeeds is simply brilliant, switching between stoic, unfazed, brutal and emotional with ease. Likewise the supporting cast, especially Anne Heche and Cynthia Nixon as Harrelson's ex-wives, is also pretty decent and the script gives you some dialogue that isn't all that bad as well.
So why only three and a half stars? The pacing. For a film with an hour and 40 minute run time, it feels like it goes on for a hell of a…
Woody Harrelson stars an old-school and corrupt LA police officer who is marginalised and isolated by both his superiors and complicated personal life. In the past ten years we have seen a number of films exploring dirty and misanthropic officers trying to work the system to their own advantage. What separates Rampart is that, whilst he is just as bad and brutal as his cinematic cousins (perhaps even more so), he is fully aware that he is constantly sinking.
Harrelson delivers his best performance in years. He is a chain smoking, articulate and volatile figure that is on the brink of blowing at any moment. He consumes the film because he is the film. He is in every scene to…
Part of the No Rewatch November 2012 Project.
I wanted to do something I hardly ever do, which is write a second review of a movie because something happened that I wasn't prepared for. I found, having let a day or so pass, that Rampart left something inside of me. It was quiet but dense and I'm not sure how to explain it.
What I can say is that it hasn't gone away. I just keep finding myself sitting in a stiff silence wandering through this movie in my mind. There's nothing specific about it that's coming to me. I haven't reached any new insights or discovered some new cavern of greatness inside of it, but it's still there. And…
Bear in mind that I am not a racist. Fact is, I hate all people equally. And if it helps, I've slept with some of your people.
It's a character study that found it's perfect actor. To me Woody Harrelson is at his best when he's playing a man coming apart at the seams. I'll also add that he doesn't create the same character each time or give the same performance either. Harrelson is often overlooked as a great actor and it's movies like this that remind us of his talent.
From the opening frames, the camera is trained intently on the profile of his face. Smooth, snake-like skull, cigarette perpetually perched from his lips, we are moving with him – and he’s always moving – but we’re merely watching. Oren Moverman’s Rampart is so intensely focused on such a rotten-to-the-core character that it’s almost difficult to breathe. Moverman forces us to watch and doesn’t always make it so easy. Lucky for him that his star makes his repellent character so utterly watchable.
Woody Harrelson gives a sometimes charming (if oily) but always searing performance as Dave Brown, the corruptest of the corrupt among the LAPD’s Rampart division (dramatized on TV in the modern classic The Shield) circa 1999. Brown is…
Dave Brown è un poliziotto di Los Angeles dai modi spicci
e brutali: pur di raggiungere lo scopo non esita a usare la
violenza, spesso gratuita.
Dalla vita familiare devastata(due ex mogli e due figlie), cerca
nelle avventure occasionali una forma di riscatto.
Ad un tratto tutto precipita e pare non esserci più via di fuga.
Tutto diventa nero e oscuro, richiarato solo dalla brace di una
sigaretta e dalle luci dei neon della città degli angeli.
Overlong and dreary. Harrelson does a remarkable job with a fully realised complex character but the film really makes no effort to get you interested in the actual events depicted.
After his first feature, The Messenger, Oren Moverman appeared to be an actor’s director, eliciting great performances from Ben Foster, Woody Harrelson, and Samantha Morton with an aesthetic sensibility that was minimalist and unobtrusive. In his sophomore effort, Rampart, he so frustratingly suffocates the material with his decisions in editing and camera placement that he disrupts the actors at every turn. Woody Harrelson plays an unlawful Los Angeles police officer who is filmed while brutally beating a suspect, thus creating a scandal and putting his job at stake. By often placing the camera far away from the action in order to act as a voyeur, Moverman intends to suggest Harrelson’s paranoia as he begins to suspect that he was set…
Streaming: Everything you heard about this movie is wrong.
Woody Harrelson does not give the performance of his career (That would still go to NATURAL BORN KILLERS). Artsy in the worst way. Pretentious.
The one scene with Steve Buscemi is an example of what I'm sure was the director shooting the scene in only one way (a camera going around and around - wow - how original and daring) but when it was time to cut it together, it didn't work. The scene really has to be seen to be believed. The director didn't get any courage where the camera wasn't moving so he just have been stuck with these bad awkward edits. If the "style" of this scene was…
Dynamic performances from Harrelson and an impressive cast carry this solid dirty-cop character exploration, but some highly irritating directorial decisions pull it down. The most egregious (and motion sick inducing) is an entire scene where the camera inexplicably, continuously pans to the right, as if a button got stuck on the camera.
Interesting story about a cop's life collapsing around him. Might like it more upon rewatch
Good performances in a rather "meh" Bad Cop Movie. Plus there is some weird and random "showy" camera work in certain scenes that really didn't add anything to the movie.
A Review Haiku
The rest is pretty boring.
Standard bad cop stuff.
- Eyes Wide Shut
- Speed Racer
- Marie Antoinette
- Spring Breakers
- Leon: The Professional
- The Da Vinci Code
- Private Benjamin
- Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
- Glengarry Glen Ross
- The Great Escape
- L.A. Confidential
- The Thin Red Line
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