Rampart (2011)

Directed by: Oren Moverman (check out his other movie, The Messenger, featuring some of the same cast and similar bleakness)

Written by: Moverman and James Ellroy, who was behind one of my favourite movies of all time, L.A. Confidential

Starring: pretty much the Woody Harrelson show, as he is in EVERY scene of the movie.  Also, Ben Foster, Anne Heche, Brie Larson, Cynthia Nixon, Francis Capra, Ice Cube, Jon Bernthal, Ned Beatty, Robin Wright, Sigourney Weaver and a blink and you’ll miss him performance by Steve Buscemi.

What it’s about: one tainted police officer continues to perform his duties in a questionable matter while the LAPD is under harsh scrutiny from the public and press

B-Movie Alternate Title: The Shield: The Movie

Movie Mash Up: Dark BlueThe Messenger + oh I don’t know, Conspiracy Theory

What I liked: about half the movie.  Seriously, the first half is interesting and intriguing but it goes nowhere.  There’s no EUREKA moment (not that a film needs one), just a portrait of Harrelson’s character essentially becoming increasingly paranoid due to his own reactions.  Sort of.  I guess that’s not really what I liked.  Harrleson’s performance was quite good, always good to see Ben Foster as well, and the movie was quite gorgeous.

What I disliked: about half the movie.  The story gets bogged down in BORING somewhen around the time Ice Cube shows up, and then Harrelson just descends into paranoid madness or may have ended that way, what with the ambiguous ending and all.  I guess decide for yourself.  He just became pathetic in my view.

Would I recommend it everyone?: Not really, it’s half a good movie.  It tries to be smart but it just comes off as boring attempted intrigue.

Rating: 2.5 / 5

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About SkoochXC
Long-time blogger, Canadian, cine-snark-aphile, Tweeter and generally lonely hearted guy.

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