We’ve been talking about Oren Moverman’s corrupt-cop drama Rampart since last fall when it bowed at TIFF. It’s finally getting a wide (ish) release here in the US and is set to open on 24th February in the UK. Rampart Moverman with Woody Harrelson and Ben Foster from his debut film, The Messengers, which earned Harrelson an Academy Award nomination. (Foster deserved one as well.)
Rampart is Harrelson’s movie all the way, in a role as a corrupt LA cop that has been described as the best performance of his career. (Anyone who watched the Golden Globes nomination announcement knows he thinks so too.)
“Los Angeles, 1999. Officer Dave Brown 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. Brown internalizes his fear, anguish and paranoia as his world, complete with two ex-wives who are sisters, two daughters, an aging mentor dispensing bad advice, investigators galore, and a series of seemingly random women, starts making less and less sense. In the end, what is left is a human being stripped of all his pretense, machismo, chauvinism, arrogance, sexism, homophobia, racism, aggression, misanthropy; but is it enough to redeem him as a man?”
Rampart’s script was cowritten by the director as well as (one of my favorite writers) James Ellroy. The supporting cast includes Robin Wright, Brie Larson, Ned Beatty, Anne Heche, Sigourney Weaver, Cynthia Nixon, Ice Cube and Steve Buscemi.
Thanks to Yahoo we have the first five minutes of the film in which Harrelson is breaking in his new partner. Under the beard and the hat, the guy in the wheelchair with the dog is Ben Foster. Enjoy!