Rampart

2011

Action / Crime / Drama

33
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 74%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 35%
IMDb Rating 5.8 10 21536

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Cast

Brie Larson as Helen
Robin Wright as Linda Fentress
Woody Harrelson as David Douglas Brown
Jon Bernthal as Dan Morone
720p.BLU
700.48 MB
1280*720
English
R
23.976 fps
1hr 48 min
P/S 1 / 14

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Reviewed by tymccloskey 10 / 10

Great film-Some spoiler ahead, very vague, though-

Rampart is one of the most brutally honest films to come along in years. James Ellroy never pulls punches when it comes to describing the testosterone fueled psychopathy that informs the average police mentality. A very small percentage of the human population can actually kill another human being, even in self-defense, so it takes a rare breed of empathy challenged men and women to do what cops do. The worst of the lot, like Woody Harrelson's character, are further hampered by what is clearly a trauma based condition that manifests itself in the legalized hostility that this character's uncontrollable appetites are enabled by. His arrangement with women, even intelligent women as portrayed in the film, is very primitive and more common than you might think, though usually in star studded films, this polygamous mentality is celebrated as enlightened. Here, Harrelson has, in effect, a multi-generational harem of co-dependents; believe me, one of those daughters will end up in the sack with their old man if he isn't stopped. By the end of the film it's clear that his oldest daughter, even though intimated that she is a lesbian (perhaps in self-defense, perhaps as a reaction to the example of male degeneracy displayed by her father) has similar dents in her psyche and that the contagion will be passed on to the next generation. You don't see this dark side of the human condition in major motion pictures and especially not within the police procedural where, as the endless forensic shows on television lie to us daily, police are dedicated white knights of empirical truth who let blind justice run its course. Ellroy portrays himself as a far right wing nut and it often plays as an act to sell books; but it's also true that the LAPD are amongst his biggest supporters and sometimes, to get an accurate account of the far right, it takes one of their own to really show the truth. Whether you think this is actual entertainment or not- I think it is a brilliant and exciting piece of filmmaking and I am looking forward to Moverman's next film, whatever that may be- Rampart is at least a very important essay on the ways and means of the high functioning and dangerously responsible psychopath.

Reviewed by Claudio Carvalho 3 / 10

Pointless and Messy

In 1999, in Los Angeles, the brutal, racist and womanizer Police Officer David "Dave" Douglas Brown (Woody Harrelson) works at the Rampart Division. He lives with his dysfunctional family composed by the ex- wives Catherine (Anne Heche) and Barbara (Cynthia Nixon) and his two daughters Margaret (Sammy Boyarsky) and Helen (Brie Larson) in the same house. Dave frequently goes to single bars to have one night stand with lonely women. He was accused in the past of executing a rapist but was considered not-guilty. When his police car is crashed by a Mexican driver, the man runs and Dave brutally beats him but is filmed on video. Now the Rampart Division is being prosecuted while the Internal Affairs is investigating Dave. He spends his savings with the lawyers and needs to raise money. What will Dave do?

"Rampart" is a pointless and messy film with a senseless story that goes no where. What is the intention of the director and writer is the great question about this terrible movie. The cynical character performed by Woody Harrelsonoes not seem to feel bad with his behavior; but when her confesses his misconduct in a tape to the Internal Affairs agent the viewer realizes that he is aware of everything he did wrong. There are several inconclusive subplots along the story and the viewer gets lost about where the story goes. My vote is three.

Title (Brazil): "Um Tira Acima da Lei" ("A Cop above the Law")

Reviewed by reid-hawk 8 / 10

Like a newer version of bad lieutenant

In plain words, Rampart is quite fantastic. Like the original bad lieutenant it focuses on a main character who the audience may have sympathy towards, but could never be described as a good or even sane person. The main character, "Date Rape" Dave, is, for lack of a better word, a sociopath. Besides his two daughters he shows little to no empathy towards anyone, and his actions can easily be described as disturbing, manipulative, and at times sadistic. Overall I thoroughly enjoyed this character study of an unhinged, sexually addicted, and emotionally unstable man who uses his status as a police officer to take out his anger and racial prejudices onto the minorities on the street. It's a movie that makes you want to give the main character a hug at the end and then send him into a mental ward for psychological testing. Woody Harrelson plays this part to perfection by the way. I do have some issues with this movie, or rather nitpicks that by themselves are insignificant but together culminate into a problem. Fist off, the quick jump cuts that take place in many interrogation scenes of Dave are unnecessary and honestly annoying to watch. The movie literally cuts out half a second between the end of one sentence and the beginning of the next for the sake of seeming "artistic". Maybe this worked for 'breathless', but it doesn't work here for me. The exception to this is a scene towards the end where Sigourney weaver's character is seemingly telling Dave everything she cannot stand about him. He fires back repeatedly with abrasive and angry questions towards her, and the rapidness and anger of his questioning is accentuated by the quick cuts that eliminate time between questions. Btw did I mention this review is going to sound really pretentious, cause it is. A goof ( as the kids say) that I noticed was when woody is interrogated by ice cube's character outside from the police station. Off screen he begins talking to Dave, and the camera then moves in front of Dave and makes a long uncut tracking shot as he walks past cube. Unfortunately, not only could neither of the characters possibly seen each other at the start of the scene due to where Dave was sitting, but the audio level of cubes voice as Dave moves closer towards him doesn't change at all. Yeah it's a nitpick. A ducking snooty as duck one, but hey duck you this is my review. Finally, this is probably an issue with the viewer not the movie, but I didn't understand WTF the rampart situation was or why it was so significant to the plot. I wish it had been more clear or impactive. Overall I kind of love this movie. The jarring editing during the club scene mixed with the abrasive music make for an absolutely amazing scene, and as a whole this movie is a powerful and uncomfortable look into the life of a sociopath and the destruction he brings upon himself and those he cares about.

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