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…
Another cop film. What a surprise. Woody Harrelson is still fantastic here while playing a jackass. If I had his job then I might be a creep as well. I shouldn't feel sorry for such a character, but Harrelson makes you care about his situation that feels like entrapment. However, its still an average film at best. Director Oren Moverman does a fine job even if it lacks the emotional punch of his previous effort and at times the narrative feels a little muddled.
There's some family drama here that flows well with the narrative at first. Then it just goes away. Ben Foster shows his ability to be unrecognizable. A well paced film that showcases the range of the actors involved. The ending is very abrupt and makes the film all the more forgettable.
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…
One of Woody Harrelson best performances on the big screen...the ending didn't satisfy me though
I'm just here to talk about Rampart.
Set in Los Angeles in 1999 and dealing with police corruption and brutality, this is exactly the sort of drama you would expect it to be. Harrelson is committed to a character that is barely more than swagger and debauchery. The script is something of a mess. It tries to incriminate every aspect of the Los Angeles justice system and the protagonist’s home life in an attempt to be comprehensive, but really it never gets below the surface. Ultimately, a very light, unsatisfying retread of Bad Lieutenant with no obsessive core to drive it.
Very good to see Woody Harrelson dig his teeth into a role but sadly the film has little going on beyond being provocatively objectionable - just like his character.
Writer-director Oren Moverman follows up his debut feature The Messenger with a 2nd Woody Harrelson collaboration in crooked cop drama Rampart. The action is set amidst the actual Rampart scandal of the late 90s which blackened the reputation of the L.A. police department when a specialised anti-gang unit was found riddled with corruption and a culture of 'above the law' violence and power-play. Harrelson plays corrupt, old school L.A. cop Dave Brown whose way of working and family life are in dual end-of-cycle slides into oblivion. Harrelson convinces as the distasteful constabulary dinosaur struggling, with little success, to reset his faulty moral compass. The film's major thematic elements remind of recent Herzog-Cage Bad Lieutenant outing, though with significantly less humour and none of the eccentric madness of the Herzog film. A reasonable movie experience in and of itself Rampart unfortunately pales in the light of more exalted NZFF company.
[Reposted from NZIFF 2012 coverage on TVNZ message boards.]
A rip-roaring character piece that focuses on a man composed of a godawful mixture of animalistic rage and human intelligence who is about as far from grace as is possible. It's not really emotionally engaging tho b/c we don't know enough about the character's past to understand why the h he's like this. We can only speculate. Basically it's purely a frightening spectacle in which Woody Harrelson reaffirms his prowess.
A great Woody Harrelson in a mediocre movie
Woody Harrelson está bem como um policial racista, amoral, corrupto e escroto, mas o filme nunca se desenvolve e desperdiça todo o ótimo elenco secundário.
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