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Woody Harrelson, Sigourney Weaver
Feb 10, 2012
R, 1 hr. 47 min.


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Movie Info

Cast: Woody Harrelson, Sigourney Weaver, Robin Wright, Ned Beatty, Ben Foster, Ice Cube, Anne Heche, Cynthia Nixon, Jon Bernthal, Stella Schnabel
Director: Oren Moverman
Rated: R
Running Time: 1 hr. 47 min.
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense
Theater Release: Feb 10, 2012
DVD Release: May 15, 2012
Synopsis: Los Angeles, 1999 - Officer Dave Brown (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. -- (C) Official Site

Critic Reviews

  • Tom Long, Detroit News
    Where's it all go? Nowhere, really, just down a dirty, disappointing hole. Harrelson deserved better.
  • Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
    It's a remarkably compelling film.
  • Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
    Brown is a sick man, but Harrelson makes him so interesting, so charismatic, so ... watchable, that you can't look away, even if his actions make you want to (and they will).
  • Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
    "Rampart" doesn't tell a coherent story as much as swirl the drain with Dave, as his increasingly desperate efforts to save himself simply result in a cascade of self-inflicted wounds.
  • Peter Howell, Toronto Star
    This isn't your average out-of-control character, and Harrelson has to work against a narrowly defined screenplay that is short on specifics.
  • Tom Huddleston, Time Out
    Sure to provoke furious reactions in those unwilling to succumb to its mood of reckless abandon. But for those who can, this feverish slice of LA noir is set to be one of the purest cinematic pleasures of 2012.
  • Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
    Director Oren Moverman understands that Woody Harrelson is a real actor and makes movies to prove it.
  • Ty Burr, Boston Globe
    Something to see and little to remember, an acrid character study undone by narrative implausibilities and its own lack of purpose.
  • Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
    "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.
  • Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
    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.
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