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Los Angeles, 1999 - Officer Dave Brown (Harrelson) is a Vietnam vet and a Rampart Precinct cop, dedicated to doing "the people's dirty work" and asserting his own code of justice, often blurring the lines between right and wrong to maintain his action-hero state of mind. When he gets caught on tape beating a suspect, he finds himself in a personal and emotional downward spiral as the consequences of his past sins and his refusal to change his ways in light of a department-wide corruption scandal
Feb 10, 2012 Limited
May 15, 2012
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"Rampart" doesn't tell a coherent story as much as swirl the drain with Dave, as his increasingly desperate efforts to save himself simply result in a cascade of self-inflicted wounds.
This isn't your average out-of-control character, and Harrelson has to work against a narrowly defined screenplay that is short on specifics.
Sure to provoke furious reactions in those unwilling to succumb to its mood of reckless abandon. But for those who can, this feverish slice of LA noir is set to be one of the purest cinematic pleasures of 2012.
Rampart doesn't end up having as much emotional punch to it as The Messenger did, mainly because it feels as though the idea was not thought out to completion.
IN case you needed it, this unsettling cop drama is further proof that Woody Harrelson is one of the most underrated actors going round.
You get the impression that the film is as conflicted as its protagonist: trying to be both an arty character study and a dynamic drama at the same time but unable to excel at either.
A film saddled with a melodramatic script that would serve better as a TV pilot.
No thrills, no secret plots, and no obvious politics, "Rampart" is a powerful and moving look into an empty person.
This movie feels too undecided. The movie is so intent on not being "Training Day" that it just isn't "Training Day" enough.
Woody Harrelson is mesmerising as the anti-hero of gripping crime drama Rampart, but his pill-popping, booze-swigging, suspect-beating dirty cop, is so irredeemably unsympathetic that you almost wish he weren't so compelling to watch.
Rampart asks a lot of its audience, and offers very little in return. Only Harrelson makes the ordeal worthwhile.
Ultimately Rampart is Harrelson's showcase, and he takes full advantage of fleshing out a complex role.
When Steve Buscemi is playing a district attorney, you know you're in a moral quagmire.
Rampart is a hypnotic, subjective, immersive experience into the deepest depths of a character that you love to hate. It's powerfully ambiguous filmmaking; and you need to see it.
The incendiary dialogue -- as much a performer's showcase as is a jazz instrumentalist's solo -- is signature Ellroy.
A nightmarish, hallucinatory film, bathed in raw neon colors and with style to spare, and with a blistering central performance by Woody Harrleson.
Harrelson is riveting as a man without redeeming qualities or hope of redemption being driven to madness by personal demons.
Audience Reviews for Rampart
- Catherine: David Douglas Brown, you are nothing but a misanthrope.
- Dave Brown: Your bun boy honked a Vice Cop at the Pink Parrot last night. He's got a Parole Hold so no bail. Lorazepam and Phenobarb and it all goes away.
- Dave Brown: Up this time. [talking to pharmacist] And something to make it hard. [goofy smile]
- Dave Brown: But while you're playing gum shoe, bear in mind that I am not a racist. Fact is, I have all people equally. And if it helps, I've slept with some of your people. you want to be mad at someone, try Edgar J. Hoover. He was a racist. Or the Founding Fathers, all slave owners. Me, I'm just doing my job.
- Dave Brown: You are the most beautiful woman I've ever seen... in this bar.
- Dave Brown: The fact is, I hate all people... equally.
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