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Film Fest 2012 - Rampart

Film Fest 2012 - Rampart 


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FilmJunkieJake

Writer-director Oren Moverman follows up his debut feature The Messenger with a 2nd Woody Harrelson collaboration, crooked cop drama Rampart. The action is set amidst the actual Rampart scandal of the late 90s which blackened the reputation of the L.A. police department when a specialised anti-gang unit was found riddled with corruption and a culture of 'above the law' violence and powerplay. Harrelson plays corrupt, old school L.A. cop Dave Brown whose way of working, as well as his family life are in dual end-of-cycle slides into oblivion. Harrelson convinces as the distasteful constabulary dinosaur struggling, with little success, to reset his faulty moral compass. The film's major thematic elements remind of recent Herzog-Cage Bad Lieutenant outing, though with significantly less humour and none of the eccentric madness of the Herzog film. A reasonable movie experience in and of itself Rampart unfortunately pales in the light of more exalted NZFF company.

Tue July 31, 2012 11:34PM



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