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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!
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.Read more ›
This is a character study. Officer David Douglas Brown works for the LAPD and probably has for some time delivering his own brand of street justice to those who he finds particularly amoral or repugnant. His fellow officers nickname him "Date Rape" as a result of his decision to execute a serial rapist. This kind of action hero behavior is not without an avalanche of consequences which Dave prefers to ignore.
Robin Penn Wright is fantastically understated in her role as a defense attorney who wants to serve Dave up for doing this. She feels a distant compassion for this "dinosaur", as his daughter calls him, but it isn't enough to stop her from pursuing justice.
Dave is a complicated man. He has two wives who are sisters (...yep) and imagines that despite the heat coming down on him after the brutal beating of a black guy who cut him off in traffic, the family can stay together. The world has already ended for this guy, that's the problem. He meets with the truly disgusting Ned Beatty, a higher up in the LAPD and a mysterious character, and it turns out that even an older dinosaur no longer cares all that much.Read more ›
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stupid story that was hard to follow and had no point. Great actors wasted. Had potential.Published 2 days ago by T. Fox
Anti-cop movie...didn't watch the whole thing. Should of known woody wouldn't play a real cop. Very unrealistic wish I could get my money backPublished 1 month ago by gillian thomas
Rampart is one of the worst movies I have ever seen. It's hard to describe how pathetic Hollywood is to even release a film of this extraordinarily poor caliber. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Alexander
Woody plays a convincing role as an almost militant cop.
The closest things I've seen similar to this, is the original "Bad Lieutenant" with Harvey Kietel. Read more
Somber Woody Harrelson performance, not robust at all, but thoughtful.Published 1 month ago by John T.
Under-rated, never saw it before. Let's give Woody a big prize. It's moody, personality driven. Thanks.Published 2 months ago by john wilkin
While it is always good to see Woody Harrelson acting, his character here is singularly unappealing. And the movie had nothing to do with the Rampart Division scandal in the LAPD. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon User