Rampart (2012)



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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 … More

Rating: R (for pervasive language, sexual content and some violence)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: James Ellroy, Oren Moverman
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 15, 2012
Box Office: $1.0M
Millenium Entertainment - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Rampart

All Critics (143) | Top Critics (36)

Where's it all go? Nowhere, really, just down a dirty, disappointing hole. Harrelson deserved better.

Full Review… | March 9, 2012
Detroit News
Top Critic

A terrible movie that only works on the rare occasions when Harrelson's searing performance is allowed to shine.

Full Review… | May 12, 2015
The Improper Bostonian

A powerful portrait of a seriously damaged, both internally and externally, man.

Full Review… | August 11, 2014
Film School Rejects

[A] cop drama in the vein of Bad Lieutenant, except in this case the bad cop that is front and centre truly thinks he's doing good.

Full Review… | September 8, 2013
Onya Magazine

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.

Full Review… | January 23, 2013
We Got This Covered

What keeps the movie engaging for as long as it was is the amazing performance by two-time Oscar nominee Woody Harrelson.

Full Review… | September 16, 2012

Audience Reviews for Rampart

Captivating drama, Rampart is a surprisingly gripping film about a corrupt cop played by Woody Harrelson in a well rounded performance. The film's story is smart, tense and is entertaining due to a strong performance by its lead actor. What I enjoyed about the film was that it was a tense piece of drama, a film that managed to be a gripping, well paced picture that told a riveting story and is elevated by some strong performances. I didn't expect much going into this film, and I must admit, I kind of avoided it for awhile, but I'm glad I did. Directed by the same director who helped the terrific drama The Messenger, Rampart gives you an unflinching portrait of a cop that is corrupt and abuses his oath. Harrelson is perfect for the part, and he commands each scene that he's in. The story is well constructed and is perfectly paced in order to create a rousing sense of tension, which is ever present in the film. This is a fine drama thriller, one that ranks among the most memorable ones in the last few years, and like I said, it's a film that is entertaining and captivating in the way it handles its story. This is a film that is well worth your time if you want a well executed drama that boasts great performances, terrific storytelling and exceptional direction. Rampart is an incredible drama and it's a film that is thoroughly engaging and is a finely made picture that you won't forget anytime soon. The film's strength lies in a solid and unforgettable performance by Woody Harrelson and it has a finely written script that has never a dull moment.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer

'Rampart'. A fine lesson in self-destruction that meandered too often between some nice uncomfortable moments.


Super Reviewer

Another Bad Cop Movie played by no better actor then Woody Harrelso, don't think he had to act to hard to fit this role. Nothing outstanding here, really a dissapointment. 3 Stars 8-3-12

Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

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