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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.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 138
- Fresh: 102
- Rotten: 36
- Average Rating: 6.6/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: "Rampart" patrols some familiar streets, but this jarringly intimate study of a dirty Los Angeles cop sliding, crazily, down the drain has a distinctive new-cliche smell, pungent and alive.
Fresh: Director Oren Moverman understands that Woody Harrelson is a real actor and makes movies to prove it.
Rotten: Something to see and little to remember, an acrid character study undone by narrative implausibilities and its own lack of purpose.
Fresh: 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.
Almost as bad as his AMA on Reddit. Almost.
Rampart is not a typical hollywood blockbuster film
The film's trailer is misleading - this film is not an action romp. This film is a pure character study film. It was very incredibly well acted and interesting, very uncomfortable and sad. But please know what you are getting into, this film does not deliver a hollywood experience, it takes its time and explores a flawed character methodically. Rent it! But expect a quality big budget student film.
This is a good movie, if you are an ego maniac.
"I will only discuss prom parties"
- Rampart (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
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