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…
Woody Harrelson is a great actor, who should get a lot more credit than he does. He's excellent in this film as well, even though the story never really grabs me. It's a James Ellroy story, and then you should know the rest. LA. Dirty Cops. Violence. Misogony. Racism. But this is a few stars away from LA Confidential, I have to say. But watchable, mostly for Harrelsons charachter study of the dirty cop in question. Date Rape Dave. Oh well.
(Original review outdated, re-evaluation required at later date)
In which.... the films probably going to forever be less remembered than the reddit ama that went with it...
TL/DR: They forgot the ending.
so, this starts off pretty interesting, even if a little strange. it has a strong set-up and conflict ensues. Woody does his thing trying to work through the situation and then....well....you have to wait another half or 3/4ths of the movie to get to the credits 'cause pretty much nothing else happens.
Personally, I went from kind of liking and rooting for this rather despicable character to kind-of hoping for a swift, violent, dramatic end just to make something of this pic worth the time invested...
I seriously don't know how to review this movie. The filmmakers and some of the cast wanted to build on the success of "the messenger".
I understand the anger and frustration that the main character went throughout the movie. I understand the pain and frustration he caused the people close to him, as an outcome from his problems and battles within himself. I understand the amount of power, fear and respect he yields as a police officer, and he doesn't want to let go of it.
I just DON'T CARE about any of these things. The dude was a dick throughout the entire movie, to EVERYONE. Even Ice Cube could not handle him.
And yes, Woody Harrelson started to look and smile like Willem Dafoe.
Personagens perdidos podem frustrar os espectadores impacientes, ansiosos para que o protagonista do filme policial percorra uma linha reta : o tira em busca da redenção ou em busca da justiça e, no meio, passando pelos tiroteios mais sem sentido possíveis.
Esse filme não é subestimado só por isso. A escolha do diretor por capturar imagens cruas, que refletem o incômodo do protagonista, corroborada pela fantástica atuação corporal de Harrelson, que parece não caber dentro do próprio corpo, é transmitido para quem assiste.
Se em True Detective, Harrelson era um hipócrita, que gostava de discursar sobre a importância de uma vida de valores. Em Rampart, ele está com as vísceras à mostra. Sabe o quem é, mas sente o peso do seu fracasso. Seu personagem está em um purgatório, esperando o julgamento final.
Set in 1999 Los Angeles, veteran police officer Dave Brown, the last of the renegade cops, works to take care of his family, and struggles for his own survival.
Above-standard cop story with a good cast; the movie is basically about a low-life slowly becoming aware of what his misdeads lead to.
Ultimately, while the performances are good, and some parts are frenetically entertaining, this film pales in comparison to Moverman's previous film, THE MESSENGER. It is unfortunate that the story is overwrought with indie film clichés, as the filmmaker has proven his talent before.
Harrelson gives a great turn as a racist cop coming to terms with the consequences of his actions. By the end of the film, though, the ancillary storylines and characters never really amount to anything, and the film falls flat because of it.
I read the web-publication Filmmaker Magazine regularly. They publish each month a VOD-calendar with their picks and I have used…
In chronological order. Neo-noir being a contentious term, I don't necessarily agree with every inclusion. Taken from Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_film_noir_titles#Neo-noir