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Another bad cop movie ...,
This review is from: Rampart [DVD] (DVD)
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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.