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.
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…
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…
This is Woody Harrelson playing a rough old school cop on his downward spiral, with a few familiar faces in supporting roles but unfortunately not enough going on to make a truly engaging story. Not sure if this was based on a true story or what, the ending is ambiguous; the only thing of note here is his performance.
Rampart is another film that shows when Woody Harrleson's not starring in cheers he's a force to be reckoned with but sadly the film he's stuck in just so happens to be pretty awful.
Oren Moverman’s “Rampart” is a blazing, hard edged character study that features a tremendous performance by Woody Harrelson doing his best “Bad Lieutenant” impersonation. With a script by the legendary James Ellroy, “Rampart” takes place in a very specific time and place- 1999 Los Angeles, hot summer in the middle of the LAPD corruption scandal. As police officer Dave Brown, Harrelson is under heavy duress due to his recorded beating of a suspect. “Rampart” tracks Harrelson’s slow decline both on the job and at home with his family, which is even more hectic with two ex wives, two confused daughters and a boatload of one night stands. As his sophomore film, writer/director Moverman has crafted a film that feels at…
As a film it's fine but after 5 seasons of Southland it did feel like I'd seen it all before.
I have been reading the new James Ellroy novel, Perfidia, and I thought I would rewatch one of his better filmic efforts. The more obvious choice would have been, either, LA Confidential or The Black Dahlia. LA Confidential is, of course, a better film, it is almost perfect, other than the overly explosive ending, and while The Black Dahlia does not have the critical reputation of LA Confidential it is a film that I enjoy immensely despite its magnitude of flaws. Rather I went for Rampart.
Woody Harrelson gives a tour de force performance in this fiercely intelligent and brittle film about the late 1990s LAPD, through the eyes of one character. Harrelson's Dave 'Date Rape' Brown is another very…
Rampart - co-written and directed by Oren Moverman (The Messenger). Starring Woody Harrelson, Sigourney Weaver, Steve Buscemi, Ice Cube, Robin Wright, Ned Beatty, Ben Foster, and Cynthia Nixon. Moverman had previously worked with Harrelson on The Messenger, for which role Harrelson was nominated for Best Supporting Actor (also starring Ben Foster).
Woody is L.A.P.D. sexist, racist, homophobic, partially bald, married with two grown up estranged daughters - his marriage has been in ruins which has forced him to move out. Woody gets stuck in biggest turmoil after beating an African-American in broad daylight with a stick - the video goes viral receiving fierce condemnation from every corner. The law enforcement agency pursues him to submit apology and confession, in which…
A sort of update on Abel Ferrara's Bad Lieutenant, that honors the original film's tone much more than Herzog's tribute did. Harrelson is a character who lacks any identifiable redeeming qualities, but his self-pity seems to be contagious, because I did feel a bit sad for him. Some situations depicted here reflect contemporary concerns with police brutality, but don't necessarily add anything new to the conversation. I'm not sure what the point was with his home life - this dirty cop is 'married' to two women who are sisters, and has a daughter with each of them. This arrangement been going on for a while, as the daughters are teenage and pre-teen... but for some undisclosed reason the sisters decide…
Solid performance by Harrelson, but the movie fails to really make what's on screen interesting. I feel like everything this film is trying to say was better said with Michael Chiklis on The Shield. The direction was a little too showy as well.
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