Trailer Watch:Rampart or, Woody Harrelson’s Oscar Bait

Despite the facetious title up there, this looks dark, well done and brilliant.

Woody Harrelson looks great, playing a character with the worst nickname (Date-Rape Dave) in cinematic history and chewing up the scenery in the process. Director Oren Moverman (The Messenger) brought his Oscar-nominated actor back and gave him something new to work on, and it looks like they’ll pull off a good collaboration once more.

Los Angeles, 1999. Officer Dave Brown (two-time Academy Award nominee Woody 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 seal his fate. Brown internalizes his fear, anguish and paranoia as his world, complete with two ex-wives who are sisters, two daughters, an aging mentor dispensing bad advice, investigators galore, and a series of seemingly random women, starts making less and less sense. In the end, what is left is a human being stripped of all his pretense, machismo, chauvinism, arrogance, sexism, homophobia, racism, aggression, misanthropy; but is it enough to redeem him as a man?

Rampart is playing already, though in extremely limited engagement.

Posted on November 25, 2011 at 17:01 by Lincoln Eddy · Permalink
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