Do you trust the people in charge of protecting society and upholding the law?
In Rampart, a renegade LAPD officer is under investigation when a video of him assaulting a minority is released.
Don’t think Rodney King. Think sex, drugs, alcohol, corruption, and violence. All of these elements encompass the complicated character of David Brown, masterfully played by Woody Harrelson. Harrelson shines bright in this dark drama in which his character’s narrow vision compromises every aspect of his downward spiraling life.
Harrelson is joined by a star studded cast including Ben Foster, Sigourney Weaver, Steve Buscemi, Cynthia Nixon, Anne Heche, Robin Wright, and Ned Beatty. All of whom take their roles seriously and allow the protagonist to have credible characters surrounding him.
There are, however, some flaws hidden amongst the positives. Oscar nominated writer Oren Moverman and well known novelist James Ellroy created a screenplay littered with scenes that lack relevance and do not move the story forward.
Moverman’s only flaw falls with the pace he gives the movie, giving the feeling of sitting through a much longer film than it actually is – never a good sign.
Bottom Line: This darkly driven character piece is interesting to watch and should provide a good level of entertainment for fans of films like L.A. Confidential. Just don’t expect the same level of brilliance.
Runtime: 108 minutes