I’m surprised how little attention Rampart has gotten. I was a big fan of The Messenger and was excited to see what Writer/Director Oren Moverman would do next. Once I caught a glimpse of Woody Harrelson in the trailer and found out  James Ellroy (L.A. Confidential) co-wrote the script I was all in. Woody is off the charts great as a demented LA cop who embodies the term menace to society like no other character in recent memory. The story is told through intense episodes, often cut short mid-crisis. It keeps the audience off-balance and helps to bring you inside the twisted, unraveling world of Woody’s Dave Brown. I thought the cinematography was particularly good at bringing the director’s vision to life with strange obstructed views and shots that put you directly inside the action. Robin Wright is dependably excellent as Linda, a drunk lawyer turned public defender with an agenda we never fully discover. Rampart does a good job avoiding cop movie cliches with writing that manages to find some great small moments amidst the on-going chaos. But much of the credit for the film’s success has to go to Woody’s outstanding performance which may very well be my favorite of the year.

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