Rampart 2011

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Veteran police officer Dave Brown is the last of the renegade cops in the Los Angeles Police Department, dedicated to doing "the people's dirty work" and asserting his own code of justice. When he gets caught on tape beating a suspect, he finds himself in a downward spiral as he struggles to take care of his family, and fight for his own survival.

Starring:
Woody Harrelson,Sigourney Weaver
Runtime:
1 hour 43 minutes

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Rampart

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Thriller, Action & Adventure, Crime
Director Oren Moverman
Starring Woody Harrelson, Sigourney Weaver
Supporting actors Robin Wright, Ned Beatty, Ben Foster, Ice Cube, Anne Heche, Cynthia Nixon
Studio StudioCanal
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

2.7 out of 5 stars

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By S Finnerty VINE VOICE on 3 Jun 2012
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First I have to admit I am a big fan of Woody Harrelson and respect the diversity of the films he has contributed to but this is an odd one. I nearly went to see this at the Cinema and am quite glad I didn't, mainly because I know my wife would not have lasted the distance. It is a character study of an unpleasant cop Dave Brown who's life unravels after he is filmed beating a motorist. The things I do like about the film is the way it plays with racism. Dave is branded a racist for the attack after a motorist crashes into his car and tries to flee but you get the feeling the motorist would have got a beating whatever colour he was. Dave has a black Chief who seems to respect him and is happy to sleep with a black woman he picks up in a bar. This is left unresolved as are many other threads in the film. I am all for untidy endings but this just seems to run out of steam. The fact I do want to know more is a testament to Harrelson who is excellent even managing to give a deeply unpleasant character some humanity. The supporting cast are under used but solid and the pace is quite slow. If you are into action thrillers this will not be your sort of film but if you like films that make you think this could be for you.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By P. Millar VINE VOICE on 7 Jun 2012
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Another movie about a cop being bad but thinking he is doing the right thing. Based around a real event, the 'Rampart Scandal' - which I was unfamiliar with and the film didn't really make it clear what the scandal was all about - Woody Harrelson plays 'Daterape' Dave Brown who is the type of cop the authorities want to seen thrown off the force. He wanders about the place looking forlorn, tries to outsmart the lawyers by being cleverer than them, and has an unconventional home life where he seems to live with his two ex-wives (who might have been sisters) and his two daughters - one from each wife.

The movie is rather vague and noirish in the way it tells the story of Dave's descent into oblivion. It was scripted by James Ellroy whose own books deal with a similar theme but are far superior to this movie. For me it had a similar feel to 'Driven' in the rather loose story telling format but it ultimately felt hollow and without substance.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy TOP 100 REVIEWER on 21 July 2013
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The box said it was Woody Harrelson at his best, yet he wasn't killing any zombies. Woody plays Dave "Date Rape" Brown. He is a tough LA cop who is old school and plays by his own rules. He frequently finds himself in situations where he believes he is "set-up" yet he is only "set-up" by his own actions. He has moved into a post Rodney King society (1999) where his antics are witnessed, filmed, and not appreciated. There are forces that want this "dinosaur" off the force. Woody doesn't want to retire.

His nickname "Date Rape" keeps popping up. This was due to an incident where he allegedly killed a date rapist. His "family" life is bizarre as expected. He has two ex-wives who are sisters and a daughter by each one who all live under one roof. The older daughter despises Woody. The ex-wives want their space.

In spite of Woody being a colorful character, the film drags during many of the scenes. The home life scenes, while bizarre and revealing, are boring. Watching Woody slowly destroy himself is like watching a train wreak. The film needed better editing, it didn't flow very well.

F-bomb, sex, brief nudity, anachronisms
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By tone1428 VINE VOICE on 18 Jun 2012
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Rampart is one of those movies which I really could not 'get into' I really enjoy cop movies and related thrillers.
But this one is a really sorry excuse for a film noir movie,it is painstakingly slow and is only relieved by Woody Harrelsons fine acting.
In all truth I cannot find it in myself to award more than 2 stars and that is only for Woody Harrelsons acting ability.
While I am really negging this movie,I have to ask a question of filmmakers...Why do they have to have an obvious non smoker spend almost the entire film with a cigarette stuck in his mouth? As an ex smoker (who at times would kill for a smoke!)I really find it sooo false for a non smoker to be doing this!
I received this DVD from the brilliant Amazon Vine programme and am delighted that I never had to pay for it as I would have just considered it a complete waste of money!
In short just dont bother with it, unless you are a dedicated Harrelson fan!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By SonicQuack VINE VOICE on 26 July 2012
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Rampart is a gritty retro style bad cop film. It's full of high contrast colour and the documentary style camera work roves around, never settling for an instance. At times this is distracting, however for the main, it's successful in attempt to add a realistic element.

There are scores of films that follow the internal struggles of police departments and their workers and Rampart offers very little original material. What is paramount is that there is no black and white with Woody's character, one minute he's clearly making bad decisions and moments later viewers will empathise with another set of actions. It's this balance that makes Rampart lift above it's mediocre plot.

The documentary style is suited to DVD however the sound is at times poorly presented, with several lines almost inaudible.

The extras are weak, with some TV quality interviews (questions presented via on screen text) and an average making of which offers little insight in to what is actually a complex film.
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