Oren Moverman on Rampart and Directing Woody Harrelson

Summary

Director Oren Moverman worked as a screenwriter before making his feature debut with 2009's The Messenger, a moving, well-received war drama that garnered Oscar nominations both for his screenplay and supporting actor Woody Harrelson. This week, Moverman reunites with Harrelson for Rampart, in which the actor plays an unstable Los Angeles cop whose life unravels after he's caught on tape beating a suspect. Playing deliberately with audience expectations of the genre, Moverman and Harrelson (working from an original draft by James Ellroy) craft a character piece that begins as a crime drama and gradually dismantles the reality of its world as the paranoia escalates. We sat down with the director recently to talk about the film and his collaboration with Harrelson. Back to Article

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Dave J

Dave J

Because I enjoyed "The Messengers", I think I'd enjoyed this one too!

Feb 7 - 01:05 PM

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Jeffrey Cooperhouse

I'm getting a bad feeling about this movie because if it was going to be good they probably would have released it during Oscar season, if it gets good reviews I may see it though

Feb 7 - 01:52 PM

Alex Bauman

Alex Bauman

It actually WAS released during Oscar season and Harrelson got a little bit of Oscar buzz. This friday is the wide release but i remember that it had a limited release in November

Feb 7 - 11:45 PM

Kristijonas Fussman

Kristijonas Fussman

Yeah... I remember seeing it play at several Manhattan movie theaters late last fall.

Feb 8 - 03:53 PM

Wil H.

Wil Huff

Bad logic. There are plenty of brilliant films not released during Oscar season simply because they don't appeal to the Academy's narrow sensibilities. While Rampart did get a small release it's only going (somewhat) wide now because a dark, morally-ambivalent movie about a cop who revels in his own corruption and doesn't experience an epiphany isn't going to get too many stuffy Academy members excited.

Feb 9 - 09:53 PM

Myron

Myron Kinsey

Gotta love Woody Harrelson, I think I'll check this out

Feb 7 - 06:53 PM

Alex Bauman

Alex Bauman

It actually WAS released during Oscar season and Harrelson got a little bit of Oscar buzz. This friday is the wide release but i remember that it had a limited release in November

Feb 7 - 11:45 PM

Kristijonas Fussman

Kristijonas Fussman

Yeah... I remember seeing it play at several Manhattan movie theaters late last fall.

Feb 8 - 03:53 PM

ransom r.

ransom ransom

This is a very underrated movie. It's better than most of the nominations for Best Picture.

Feb 9 - 11:24 AM

Rory James

Rory James

I saw this at TIFF and was the first person to review it on imdb.com It is a great film. Woody's at the top of his game here. Forget about the reddit nonsense and go see the film. It deserves to be seen.

Feb 9 - 03:04 PM

Wil H.

Wil Huff

Bad logic. There are plenty of brilliant films not released during Oscar season simply because they don't appeal to the Academy's narrow sensibilities. While Rampart did get a small release it's only going (somewhat) wide now because a dark, morally-ambivalent movie about a cop who revels in his own corruption and doesn't experience an epiphany isn't going to get too many stuffy Academy members excited.

Feb 9 - 09:53 PM

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