February 10, 2012
Director: Oren Moverman
MPAA Rating: R (for pervasive language, sexual content and some violence)
Screenwriter: James Ellroy
Starring: Woody Harrelson, Ben Foster, Sigourney Weaver, Anne Heche, Ice Cube, Steve Buscemi, Cynthia Nixon, Brie Larson, Ned Beatty, Robin Wright
Copyright Holder: N/A
Official website: Rampartmovie.com
Officer Dave Brown (Harrelson) is a Vietnam vet and a Rampart Precinct cop, dedicated to doing "the people's dirty work" and asserting his own code of justice, often blurring the lines between right and wrong to maintain his action-hero state of mind. When he gets caught on tape beating a suspect, he finds himself in a personal and emotional downward spiral as the consequences of his past sins and his refusal to change his ways in light of a department-wide corruption scandal seal his fate. Brown internalizes his fear, anguish and paranoia as his world, complete with two ex-wives who are sisters, two daughters, an aging mentor dispensing bad advice, investigators galore, and a series of seemingly random women, starts to unravel. In the end, what is left is a human being stripped of all his pretense, machismo, chauvinism, arrogance, sexism, homophobia, racism, aggression, misanthropy; but is it enough to redeem him as a man?