Excerpt: The Film It's hard to believe that filmmakers aren't clamoring to put Woody Harrelson into every movie. Maybe they are. If not, Rampart will make them want Woody on speed dial. Harrelson stars as Dave Brown, a cop trying to live with 24 years of bad decisions. Of course, he lives just fine, in a house with his two kids and two ex-wives (Anne Heche and Cynthia Nixon) -- who also happen to be sisters.
Conclusion: 'Rampart' distinguishes itself from the pack because of a transcendent performance from Woody Harrelson. The man can act, and act he does. 'Rampart' understands that there are other corrupt cop movies out there and, like Dave Brown, it just doesn't care. It feels more personal, more human, as opposed to the blatantly Hollywoodized ' Training Day .
Excerpt: When looking back at the film career of Woody Harrelson, it’s hard to believe that he got his start on televison’s Cheers nearly twenty years ago. The show was very popular and made it possible for many of the cast to go onto future projects. Harrelson could have got lost in the shuffle, but he’s made some rather unique choices when it came to his film roles. Perhaps his most controversial choice was playing Hustler founder Larry Flynt in 1996’s The People vs.
Excerpt: Anyone familiar with the TV series The Shield already knows the basic premise of the James Ellroy-penned, Oren Moverman-directed Rampart , a movie that—like The Shield —is based on the real-life case of a corrupt division of the LAPD. Woody Harrelson plays one of those dirty cops: a pill-popping, self-proclaimed fascist who won’t let public shaming, federal investigations, or alienation from his family stop him from using excessive force on suspects, or from...
Excerpt: The first hour or so of Owen Moverman's Rampart is so strangely compelling, so utterly uncompromising and enigmatic, that you figure out right away that there's no way they can pull it of all the way through, and you're right. Its first half gets our attention; its second tries our patience. This is not to imply that the picture isn't worth seeing--merely that you should know what you're getting into.
Conclusion: Rampart won't be remembered as a top-tier Cop movie, of either the "good cop" or "bad cop" varieties -- in other words, this is no Training Day -- but Director Oren Moverman's picture paints a fascinating portrait of a cop long gone from normalcy, well beyond the point of saving, living only to survive, not to better himself or the world in which he operates.
Summary: Move over Mickey Rourke in The Wrestler ; there’s a new powerhouse performance in town with Woody Harrelson in Rampart . Watching a descent into hell hasn’t been this enthralling since Leaving Las Vegas . Pulp demi-god James Ellroy’s script, co-written with director Oren Moverman, packs a punch (aside from a “You’re a dinosaur” speech seemingly lifted wholesale from M’s critique of Bond in GoldenEye ).