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.
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…
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…
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…
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.
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…
What makes the film interesting is the Woody Harrelson portray about a self-destructive renegade cop and the impressive cast.
The script lacks some surprise and unoriginal.
A stunning performance from Woody H in an interesting and well-directed film.
An excellently-drawn character study of a very bad man. Woody is superb. The whole cast, really -- but this is a one-man show all the way, and he rides it all the way down. Warning: there is no "typical" denoument; that's not what they were interested in. It's a snapshot of a period in this man's existence and no more.
I honestly don't think I ever need to see it again...but I'm glad I saw it, if only once.
W.Harrelson and a solid supporting cast make this watchable, but scriptwise it comes off as underwhelming and not effectively catchable.
Rewatch-probability: 2 - Not likely
The moody, naturalistic atmosphere it captures is more important than the fine points of the foggy plot, as we descend the spiral with Harrelson's incredibly persuasive portrayal of a man made of machismo, chauvinism, bigotry and violence, as his increasingly futile efforts to redeem himself result in a cascade of personal demons and self-imposed suffering. The same deliberate calculation that went into casting name actors for small roles to keep the focus on Harrelson goes into several choices throughout Rampart, and though the effect may be frustrating, it feels right.
Oren Moverman's follow-up to very underrated, very emotional The Messenger is more of the same dark, brooding tone made his directorial debut so good.
Moverman and Woody Harrelson reunite in this gritty film that depicts an L.A. cop who exacts his own brand of justice on criminals, and even innocent civilians. Harrelson's Officer Dave Brown is a racist, a mya bigot, a womanizer, and just flat out mean, and when he's involved in a shady act that's caught on tape, his life starts to spiral out of control.
Overall, Rampart fails in its attempt to entertain or engage the audience - it lacks a full story and doesn't come to an acceptable ending (at least in my opinion). But Woody…
A top notch performance from Woody in an ok cop movie. I liked the fact that Woody is in every scene.
I love Woody Harrelson and he gives a fantastic performance here, but i found the film itself quite forgettable.
Strange movie. Woody Harrelson is one of the actors I always enjoy watching. But everything about this piece is off, the story could be interesting but the whole process and development of this movie makes it so boring I wanted to stop watching this.
2 stars only for Harrelson, rest was weak.
- Eyes Wide Shut
- Speed Racer
- Marie Antoinette
- Spring Breakers
- Django Unchained
- Life of Pi
- Cloud Atlas
Ranking the 2012 releases I've seen so far. Including foreign films released in North American in 2012.
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- Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
- Glengarry Glen Ross
- The Great Escape
- L.A. Confidential
- The Thin Red Line
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