Woody Harrelson gives a ferocious performance as a dirty cop, balancing a home life with two ex-wives as he becomes embroiled in the Los Angeles Police Department’s infamous Rampart corruption scandal.
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very lucid and in depth look at a very American social disease. involving exploration of a deeply unlikable and unpleasant character. the film made me interested and seething with anger at the same time. all too accurate portrayal (to my knowledge)
An artful look at the Rampart scandal of the 1990s in Los Angeles. Woody Harrelson does a fantastic job playing the angry, frustrated, alcohol-fueled police officer at the centre of the scandal. The style is split between documentary-like coverage and wide static shots of sun-scorched LA. Echoes of "Bad Lieutenant" aside, this film is meditative and destructive - but, it would have been nice to receive more answers.
A tragic, tense, beautifully-made film about a rogue cop in late-90s LA. Woody Harrelson gives an outstanding performance as the intelligent yet deeply troubled detective who's hard to like but (almost) impossible not sympathise with as his life careens out of control. The pacing, direction, music and particularly the cinematography are incredibly well done. On my list of the best films of 2011.
Woody Harrelson is excellent in this otherwise rather dry film about a racist policeman whose brutal tactics finally land him in serious trouble, leading him to re-examine his life. Atmospheric, but kind of aimless, and not quite as deep as it thinks it is despite some fine performances.
"SHAME" moves from NYC to LA, but instead of an elegant top executive we get a white trash, racist, corrupt cop. AMAZING performance by Harrelson. Unfortunately low budget films like this one go unnoticed.
Harrelson does a 'Bad Lieutenant' in what starts out as a fairly straight-forward cop-off-the-rails and slowly morphs into a deeper and pretty disturbing portrait of mental illness and the social decay of the time. Harrelson is fantastic and the story moves along well. The look, shot on Arri Alexa feels a little mismatched in parts and for me there was still a little something missing by the end. 3 stars
Rampart's noteworthy in only featuring Woody Harrelson, the film itself is a slog. Rampart's use of choppy editing, documentarian-like narrative and obnoxious characters make it difficult to watch more than once. There is a reason Rampart has become lost and forgotten: not because it is an indie production but more due to it not being as bold with it's concept and setting as it suggests. Watch Bad Lieutenant instead.