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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.
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.
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…
Set in the 1990s , LAPD Officer Dave Brown gets caught on camera beating a suspect, Which leads to a chain of events that will lead to unearthing dark secrets about him, Woody Harrelson gives a power house performance as a man losing grip as the truth about him comes out which may cause him to lose everything
Adapted from a James Ellroy script about an Ellroy-ian cop in L.A. - read bigoted (or, more accurately, acting out of contempt for the notions of corporate politically correct knee-jerk policy), sexually and familially fucked up, corrupt, un-willing, able or inclined to harness his worst impulses, this one seems most poised to be the flick attacked as doddering ride upon an allegorical high horse, but... nope. The true strength of Rampart is its refusal to take at face value the inflammatory antics and claims of Officer Dave 'Date-Rape' Brown, and instead focus on the self-sustained fall-out of his actions. Never an indictment of institutional corruption, fascism, nor a love him/hate him violent cop tale, it's a simply a riveting character study of uncommon resonance.
Woody is great (as usual) but the flashy direction is very distracting.
Well I started watching this film because of "woody" he has been known to be a tremendous actor. But the script in this film was quite boring . In the start of the movie it had me watching but around the 45-60 min mark I was snoozing. I cut the film off and went on else where with my time. I'll give this a thumbs down and a do not watch note. This film is to slow the only reason "woody" accepted this script is because it portrays him like he's a bad ass which is how he likes to be portrayed. Since he has adolescent issues with the charter he played in cheers.
A typical dirty cop movie that doesn't add much. It feels it could be much better. Harrelson is great as usual.
I didn't really like it, but I couldn't stop thinking about it for weeks after I saw it.
my expectations for RAMPART were pretty high. Directed by Oren Moverman who directed The Messenger, a very good movie about two soldiers who have to deliver the bad news to loved ones of fallen soldiers. So a dirty cop movie starring Woody Harrelson seemed like a sure fire win. It wasn't. RAMPART isn't a bad movie, it has the slow paced feeling, building up to something bad, but the pay off is weak and the story around this character is very weird. Harrelson plays David Douglas Brown, a Rampart district cop in Los Angela's 1999. He is a bigot, a sexist, but is also a very damaged man from being apart of the Vietnam War. His dirty cop ways get…
I really couldn't concentrate, incredibly boring.
My review -- this film is now on DVD and to be honest, I am disappointed on the viewing of this projects, there are just so many issues I have with Rampart, such as the camera angles are confusing and in some cases incredibly distant from the dialogue, so I had to continuously turn up the sound, don't get me wrong I have perfect hearing but if I have to go up and down the volume button then I will become irritated. The tempo is sluggish, slow and to be perfectly honest it does affect the storyline, for the storyline itself it is flavourless and I have seen better within this genre. The most enjoyable bit of this film is…
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