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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…
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…
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…
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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.
Directed by: Oren Moverman (check out his other movie, The Messenger, featuring some of the same cast and similar bleakness)
Written by: Moverman and James Ellroy, who was behind one of my favourite movies of all time, L.A. Confidential
Starring: pretty much the Woody Harrelson show, as he is in EVERY scene of the movie. Also, Ben Foster, Anne Heche, Brie Larson, Cynthia Nixon, Francis Capra, Ice Cube, Jon Bernthal, Ned Beatty, Robin Wright, Sigourney Weaver and a blink and you’ll miss him performance by Steve Buscemi.
What it’s about: one tainted police officer continues to perform his duties in a questionable matter while the LAPD is under harsh scrutiny from the public and press
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Surprisingly high bullshit quotient, given that James Ellroy himself co-wrote the script. Harrelson is great, but this is written and directed like a bad FX pilot. Stick with "White Jazz."
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gotta love a film about corrupt cops getting off. also what the fuck was that ending
Oren Moverman's film about a crooked LAPD officer facing personal and professional breakdown does a great job of showcasing Woody Harrelson's talents. His performance as veteran officer Dave Brown is both visceral and emotive, with Rampart documenting the gradual degradation of his soul to devastating effect. The film is unashamedly a vessel through which its leading man can flex his muscles and, whilst that would usually be to the detriment of the affair as a whole, it is all the better for it. Moverman's screenplay, which he co-wrote with the novelist James Ellroy, is noticeable for its willingness to probe the moral conundrum caused by the often erratic behaviour of law enforcement - can an act of violence be justified if its executor believes they are carrying out their civic duty? It's a question that is especially compelling given recent events in Dallas, the victims of which I offer my wholehearted condolences to.
Ok film. Once it finds its groove it seems to stop going anywhere.
O'er the Rampart I watched was so gallantly streaming on Netflix
I actually really appreciate how Woody Harrelson plays a piece of shit so well. Funnily I wish it was a hair more straightforward and not as much of a character study as it ends up being or at least stuck with being q character study and just cut out the case against him, for the most part it doesn't add much to the film.
It was just too jumbled. Too many details without any real significance. It it was meant to be a character study, there was too much telling rather than showing. Also the story switched between sympathetic and scathing too much to know how we should feel about the main character. Judging by the cast and their lack of importance/presence, this was perhaps an attempt at getting Woody Harrelson an Oscar, but the character was too similar to things he's done before and they tried to make it good by using detail rather than depth or performance. The story wasn't good enough to get any attention from the Academy either. At least it had Brie Larson.
Mostly dull and not engaging... And then it just ends.
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