Excerpt: What is there to say about Rampart? Well, the cover states Woody Harrelson plays “The Most Corrupt Cop You’ve Ever Seen on Screen”. That corrupt cop is Dave Brown, a veteran of the force who’s lost all possible perspective and truly believes he’s doing just what is necessary to do his job in the...
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.