Rampart

Rampart

Streaming Video - 2011
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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 Awardʼ 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.
Publisher: [United States] : Millennium Entertainment : Made available through hoopla, 2011
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (ca. 107 min.)) : sd., col

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LuvReadingStuff
Aug 12, 2017

Bad movie. Ejected it after half an hour.

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LittleNoName
Jun 08, 2016

Pretty boring with no real plot. Kinda like being thrown into the middle of someones crumbling life, with no understanding of how they got to where they are or conclusion to their actions. Waste of time.

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yourdaddy50
Dec 10, 2015

dvd is bad don't work

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Ron@Ottawa
Aug 29, 2015

A police drama about a bad, corrupt cop in LA. Good acting by Harrison but everything else was a disappointment. I got nothing out of the film.

donnyrayh Jun 25, 2015

Movie was terrible! Ending sucked!! Woody was pretty decent but his character unbelieveable! No story line and many questions about relationships and "things" going on in the movie. Just threw away 2 hours of my life!!! DON"T WASTE YOUR TIME!!!

blueberrymouse Jun 14, 2015

It's an OK movie. Good acting.

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peasworth
Feb 19, 2015

Woody Harrelson is a bad ass cop. I just wish the story was more consistent.
I think Woody Harrelson would be a great Dirty Harry.

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tgwilliams
Oct 18, 2014

Woody Harrelson's, starring role as a disturbed psychological LA police officer struggles with his own adversities.

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Gary Geiserman
Jul 28, 2014

Oh, baby! It’s a pleasure to have any thing to do with this film. Co-writer with James Ellroy, and director, Oren Moverman is me if I was him. This is ways to direct audio/video, man. This is ways... James Ellroy said it was the only movie of his writing he liked. -- The commentary is delicious, Moverman and his cinematographer, Bobby Bukowski (who he met on “The Messenger”) were meant to work together. They agree on all the new stuff you can do with the machines, (digital here, I think Alexa). And man, what stuff they do. Totally different than the status quo of ‘movies/hollymoney’. No rehearsing, just psych into character, than work it out with camera running and have the cameramen go guerilla and ‘find’ them. No marks or blocking, no hours of lighting, either (no fear of dark). Like Friedkin in parts of “French Connection 2”, following Hackman around in Marseilles. -- And that’s just for starters. They sought out light glare to highlight LA’s interminable weather from Hell. Purposely avoided cliches vigilantly (it’s fun being creative) and did what ever fell into their purview as they went along. It’s the attitude that ‘what ever they come up with, it can be made to work and be great’. And why not that attitude; they’re using light and sound which is what our illusory vr world is made of and we are gods (small pieces of). -— Check the scene at 30:15—31:36! WOW! Two hand-helds that are in the center of a few people and they revolve casting the people one at a time going left to right continuously like a carousel. I’ve never seen this before, and so simple. What an effect. --- Woody Harrelson is magnificent. He’s been veggie for a while and plays a character who doesn’t eat, just chain smokes (vice is BACK). And he really doesn’t eat so he’s so thin and dangerous. Very dangerous. Great performance. -— Story is tough, just a guy going down for an hr, 45, with women watching. The Goddess is back and real men can come out of hiding; “Date Rape” Dave is disappearing. -— Saw a production reference to “End of Watch”, a similar flick done by David Ayer, a kindred spirit. ----- Free copying of disc! TAKE THAT, HOLLYWOOD!

aaa5756 Jun 27, 2014

This DVD movie was entertaining and interesting but not one of my favorite for this year. Not too bad---good performance. Very predictable but still entertaining.

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aaa5756 Jun 27, 2014

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” ― Martin Luther King, Jr

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Monolith
Sep 21, 2012

Dave Brown (to Kyle Timkins): "...Bear in mind that I am not a racist. Fact is, I hate all people equally."

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