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Rampart (Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital Combo Pack) (2011)

Woody Harrelson , Robin Wright , Oren Moverman  |  R |  Blu-ray
2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (126 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Woody Harrelson, Robin Wright, Steve Buscemi, Sigourney Weaver, Ben Foster
  • Directors: Oren Moverman
  • Format: Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen, Multiple Formats
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Millennium Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 15, 2012
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (126 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007AJMBJ2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #215,258 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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4 STARS!! Woody Harrelson is leaner in Rampart, the skin tight over the skull, the jawline defiant. His eyes are busy. He is a cop in the Los Angeles police district that became notorious in 1999 as a cesspool of corruption, but this man takes corruption with him wherever he goes. The movie is co-written by the unsurpassed crime writer James Ellroy, who no doubt knows enough stories about Rampart to write a dozen movies, but his inspiration here is to make this cop a stand-alone character study, isolated within himself. He doesn't require the reprehensible environment of Rampart. He's self-fueled. Harrelson is an ideal actor for the role. Especially in tensely wound-up movies like this, he implies that he's looking at everything and then watching himself looking. His character, Dave Brown, has no moral center, but he has the survival instincts of a rat, and I say that with all due respect for rats. He always likes to know the way out of a tight corner. He knows an angle he can play or a squirm he can call on. Why is he this way? That question helps explain why the movie is so absorbing, because there is no answer. Rampart lacks the usual plot engines behind crime films, in which motivation comes from money, lust or revenge. Brown behaves in this film primarily just to do bad things. He reminds me of one of the most evil characters in American fiction, Judge Holden in Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian, a man who likes to torture and kill for no other reason than simply to cause pain. The Harrelson of Rampart could play Judge Holden, and not many actors could. He is an overt racist. He has such contempt for women he cannot always be bothered to use them sexually. He was married to two women (Anne Heche and Cynthia Nixon) who are sisters, and apparently this meant so little to all of them that they live in houses next to one another. There was no emotional commitment there for them to engage. He has a daughter by each and is said to have once murdered a rapist because of his feelings for his daughters. Only with a man like Brown would you suspect that was an excuse; more likely, he got started killing the man and didn't feel like stopping. It's that feeling that seems to empower Brown when he does the last thing Rampart district needs in 1999. Eight years after the brutality against Rodney King, Brown is videotaped while beating a suspect. He seems to approach this task like a skilled workman performing a job he loves. Recently there's been a movement to make videotaping of police officers illegal. That would get Dave Brown's vote. This time he doesn't seem to have an escape route ready. The district attorney's office sees him as an ideal target, and Sigourney Weaver is finely focused as an assistant DA who has him in her sights. He also makes the error of trying to pick up a defense attorney (Robin Wright) in just the wrong way at just the wrong time. And he casually insults a black investigator for Internal Affairs (Ice Cube). Rampart is deeply embedded in Los Angeles in the summertime, every day a reminder of the desert that waits patiently to take back the land stolen from it by sprinkler systems. It is hot, the sun is blinding, Brown is sweating, he feels rotten. You cannot live forever with amorality and sadism eating away at you. Even other immoral people around you stand back, because they recognize themselves and fear to go that far. Rampart was directed and co-written with Ellroy by Oren Moverman, whose directorial debut was The Messenger(2009). It also starred Woody Harrelson, In that film, Harrelson's character turns out to have feelings after all. He's such a versatile actor, able to point one way and act in another. Maybe that's why he's so fascinating in Rampart. --Roger Ebert, Sun Times

Time's TOP 10 Movie Performances of 2011. #3 Woody Harrelson in Rampart. For eight years the blithely innocent bartender on Cheers, Woody Harrelson has matured into an actor of wide, weird range. As a media-savvy psycho in Oliver Stone's Natural Born Killers, a porn king fighting for the First Amendment in The People vs. Larry Flynt, a Twinkies-addicted survivor in Zombieland and a bounty hunter in No Country for Old Men, Harrelson put a swagger in every scene, carving out a stark and engaging character: the wild American cowboy riding into the present on a stallion of lunatic machismo. His career topper may be playing Dave Date Rape Brown, an LAPD detective in director Oren Moverman's dark adaptation of a James Ellroy story. A dinosaur among the city's younger men and women in blue, Dave uses brutal methods to enforce the law; now he's under an investigation for beating a motorist, but he won't go down without a fatal fight. Harrelson, who's as worth watching at rest as when he detonates in calculated rage, pours such power into his character that viewers find themselves rooting for Dave even as they move to shield themselves from the imminent immolation. They become Dave's partners in crime, and Harrelson's willing, eager pawns. --Time Magazine

Product Description

At the heart of Oren Moverman s Rampart is a riveting parable about what happens to a man who refuses to change, even when change is the only thing that can save him. That man is Dave Brown, played by two-time Academy Award® nominee Woody Harrelson. Though the film is set in the 1990s, when scandal rocked the LAPD s Rampart division, the film hones in on a single fictional cop: Dave Brown, a man who has taken the no guts, no glory American mythos to heart, without questioning what it is doing to him and those he holds dear. He is a cop whose personal life is propelled into a dizzying downward spiral when he comes under suspicion for roughing up a suspect. More than just a police officer who plays things fast and loose, Brown exposes the inner workings of a certain type of personality everyone recognizes around them, a personality very much part of American culture, yet not often examined. He is the kind of man inexorably drawn to authority and power, yet seems destined to abuse it; a man who has dreams of being a great masculine hero, yet is beholden to women; who has undeniable charm, yet whose stubborn refusal to take responsibility for his actions becomes a destructive force against family, community and ultimately himself.

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42 of 48 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gritty cop drama... the utter loneliness of it all March 3, 2012
Format:DVD
"Rampart" (105 min.) brings the story of Dave Brown, an LA cop going off the tracks, played by Woody Harrelson in an outstanding perfomance. In the beginning of the movie, Brown tries to keep his personal life together, as complicated as it is with 2 kids he has from 2 women who happen to be sisters, and they are all living together. At a certain point, Brown gets involved in a car accident (accidental? set up?) and after the other driver tries to get away, he beats the driver exessively and just happens to get caught on tape.

Things get worse from there, and I don't want to give away much more from the plot, but suffice to say, Brown gets more and more isolated, even as he meets other women in his life. The whole movie is pretty much downbeat, and exposes the utter loniless of the Woody Harrelson character, leading eventually towards the open-ended conclusion of the movie.

The first hour was sorta long in the build-up, but the last 45 min. really shine. This movie has an incredible all-star cast besides Harrelson, with juice performances from Robin Wright, Ned Beatty, Sigourney Weaver, Anne Heche, and Ice Cube. But special mention in my book goes to Brie Larson in the role of Harrelson's troubled teenage daughter. In all, quite a movie, although certainly not for everyone. Still, "Rampart" is highly recommended!
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37 of 44 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray
The tagline for Rampart reads "The most corrupt cop you've ever seen on screen," a statement which can only be true if you don't watch too many movies. Dave Brown (Woody Harrelson) is certainly a corrupt cop, but he's far from the most corrupt cop. Cops much more corrupt, more sympathetic and more compelling have been seen onscreen before. Chalk this up to a failure of marketing.

Rampart is the second film by Oren Moverman, following his brilliant 2009 film The Messenger. That film also starred Woody Harrelson, among several others in this cast, and scored him an Oscar nomination. This nomination likely arose from his strengths as an actor, as well as the strengths of the film. Had Rampart been a stronger film he may have gotten a deserved nomination for his work here too. Moverman co-wrote the screenplay with James Ellroy, the well-regarded crime novelist who knows his way around police-driven Los Angeles stories. The film succeeds in presenting its main character as an amoral cop without reason. Dave Brown is not driven by the typical conventions of a corrupt cop movie, existing as he is for no discernible reason. That's certainly an interesting twist, but not everything else falls together so perfectly.

The setting is Los Angeles, circa 1999. Dave Brown is a controversial figure around the police department, having allegedly murdered a serial date rapist years earlier, earning him the nickname "Date Rape Dave." His home life isn't any more conventional. He has two daughters, born to two sisters (Cynthia Nixon and Anne Heche) who regard him passively. Things begin to implode when Dave beats a motorist who has wrecked into his car and is caught on tape. An investigation is launched which threatens Dave's entire way of living.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not What It Looked Like May 22, 2012
Format:Amazon Instant Video
The trailer/preview is the best part of the movie. Harrelson is great, but there is no "tense" "action" really in the film. A couple of gritty moments, but that's it and a lot of unresolved plot lines that go nowhere. It doesn't even have the decency to spiral all the way downward and end in some kind of self-implosion or something. Anything.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
"I was under attack, I went after the suspect. End of story." Dave Brown (Harrelson) is an LAPD officer that who does things his own way. After he is caught on tape brutally beating someone after they hit his car his career is in jeopardy. While trying to defend himself against the charge an old alleged crime of his comes back up. This is a really good movie. The big problem is that it is again nothing really original. He acts the way "Dirty Harry" acts but has the morals of Denzel Washington in "Training Day". The movie has an all-star cast and the acting is fantastic. Harrelson especially is great in this in a very layered performance. He covers everything in this role; brutality, being a smart-ass, father in a very dysfunctional family as well as womanizer. This is a great role for him and the movie is very much worth watching. Again, though the only problem is that it seems like this movie has been done to death. Overall, nothing new but still good. I recommend this. I give it a B+.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Two Hours Of My Life I Will Never Get Back July 3, 2012
Format:Blu-ray
If you have two hours of you're life you'd like to waste, be my guest... but be warned - you'd probably have a lot more fun watching you're toenails grow than you will watching "Rampart". This movie is so bad that I actually took the time to find out who the writer of the script was so that if I ever met him I could punch him in the face and ask for my money back. What a tool this guy is - and the director of this lame mess of a movie is a close runner up.
Don't let this all-star cast fool you - I certainly did. Sure, the list of actors is long and distinguished, but the problem is that there's no damn story! I mean ZERO STORY of ANY KIND. And the ending? There is no ending. I found myself checking my blu ray for scratches because I thought it must have skipped a chunk of the film. Nope. Turns out the movie just sucked and then the credits started. Woody Harrelson spends two hours smoking cigarettes, sucking toes, getting drunk, and telling everyone what a "hard-charging" bad-ass cop he is without doing anything in this movie that would even remotely make you believe that. He's a bad cop who's also a bigot, a murderer, a drug addict, a womanizer, a sex addict, a bad father, a bad ex-husband, a bad brother, and a bad son. It's overkill. You also get 5 minutes of Sigourney Weaver, 3 minutes of Ice Cube, and 2 minutes of Steve Buscemi. The producers apparently used these actors' reputations to get us to watch this movie, but doing that was the same as putting a turd in a Tiffany's box - looks good on the outside, but then it turns out to just be a load of stinky crap. None of the actors are given much to say, but they also don't offer anything that would make this movie anything more than a torturous exercise in keeping your eyelids open.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Gritty And Open Ended
Like Harvey Keitel's "Bad Lieutenant," this is a stubborn but brave cop who is willing to go down in flames to do things his own way. Read more
Published 1 month ago by mr. critic
2.0 out of 5 stars Some good stuff, but ultimately very disappointing
I really wanted to like RAMPART...I did. I like many "corrupt cop" movies like NARC or DARK BLUE. RAMPART has a great cast, and Woody Harrelson does indeed turn in a good... Read more
Published 1 month ago by RMurray847
2.0 out of 5 stars meh
I really wanted to like this movie because the corruption of the police department regarding rampart was a huge story in the city I lived in, but unfortunately, the movie was on... Read more
Published 2 months ago by ConcupusAl
3.0 out of 5 stars Par
Great acting as expected but the ending was not at all what I expected. Kind of disappointed in that. Worth a view if u like Woody!
Published 2 months ago by Loren Cole Baremore
2.0 out of 5 stars Major Boredom
This movie bored me to bits. I thought with a title like rampart that it was going to be a gritty urban drama with a lot of police action versus the hoods. It's anything but. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Carl A. Purefoy
1.0 out of 5 stars Rampart Movie
I did not like this movie at all. Language was too foul and the quality of the movie was bad I would not recommend this movie to anyone
Published 3 months ago by Bauntbo
3.0 out of 5 stars What can you say woody is great at this
I just be wondering ....does woody tows a quarter and say " ok I'll play the good guy in this movie & I'll be the bad guy one the next" whatever he's methods are we get to... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mrs B's movie review
5.0 out of 5 stars thanks
It was great glad I could find it. I couldn't find it in my town anywhere. So thank u for having this movie
Published 5 months ago by mandy hayes
3.0 out of 5 stars Where Is The RAMPART???
Okay, this movie was alright but I was expecting them to crack open the juicy Rampart scandal and they did everything in their power to avoid it! Read more
Published 5 months ago by Aesadai
2.0 out of 5 stars Documentary Style - No Action
Sad, I almost fell a sleep twice during this snooze fest! Woody provides a great acting spectacle, and is definitely up for the part of playing this role... Read more
Published 6 months ago by S. Schindler
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