I remember back in the 1980’s when Woody Harrelson played the loveable simple minded Woody in the hit tv series Cheers but now 20 plus years the thought of the actor been connected to some rather powerful performance might be unimaginable for some. Tonight behold the first official trailer for RAMPART which also stars Ben Foster, Robin Wright, Anne Heche, Ice Cube, Sigourney Weaver, Cynthia Nixon, Ned Beatty, and Steve Buscemi.
Rampart re-unites Harrelson with The Messenger director Oren Moverman as well as Foster, Buscemi in a drama which sees Harrelson play a corrupt cop ex Vietnam War Veteran likes to get dirty a cop been described as “the most dirtiest cop you’ve ever seen” . It really all depends on how you decipher ‘dirty’ majority of critics who have seen this one have commented its a powerful many critics believing this is a Oscar worthy performance though I have seen the odd critic not criticizing the film but the trailer not been a true representation of the film. I’ve even seen the odd site finding the film disappointing, overhyped which is fair enough as we’re all entitled to our opinion, for example everyone at The Peoples Movies who’ve see The Kill List actually believed that was overhyped, I haven’t see Rampart (which played London Film Festival) so I can’t really comment but the buzz is more towards the positive side.
Rampart doesn’t have a UK&Irish release date but for USA it will get a very limited release in USA next week November 23rd to qualify the film for Oscar contention before it gets a general American release January 27th 2012, hopefully the British date will be the same.
Los Angeles, 1999. Officer Dave Brown (two-time Academy Award(R) nominee Woody 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 making less and less sense. 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?