Rampart is a gritty police drama set in the 1990s, and centers on a police officer who is suspected of a whole lot of bad behavior, even as he tries to survive the mean streets and take care of his family.
First, from the trailer and what I’ve read, the cop, Dave Brown (played by Woody Harrelson) isn’t exactly a good guy. I think he might be a bit of an abusive prick who mistreats his ex, and beats the crap out of black people because he’s racist.
Oh, and the tag line of the film is, “The most corrupt cop you’ve ever seen on screen.” So he’s a jerk.
Oren Moverman, who wrote the sorta-Bob Dylan biopic I’m Not There, wrote and directed Rampart. He was also attached for a time to an unconventional Kurt Cobain biopic, which might have been similar to I’m Not There, but he dropped out of that, likely because Courtney Love is two scoops of batshit crazy.
He also wrote and directed The Messanger, which garnered Woody Harrelson an Academy Award Nomination, and he got a nomination out of it himself for Best Original Screenplay. The Messenger also starred Ben Foster, who has a part in Rampart as well. Good stuff.
Rampart Release Date
November 23, 2011. Limited release to begin. Maybe it’ll expand, but expect to rent it later.
Who’s In It?
Steve Buscemi … Bill Blago
Woody Harrelson … Dave Brown
Sigourney Weaver … Joan Confrey
Robin Wright … Linda Fentress
Ben Foster … General Terry
Brie Larson … Helen
Anne Heche … Catherine
Ice Cube … Kyle Timkins
Jon Foster … Michael Whittaker
Robert Wisdom … Captain
Don Creech … Head Shark Lawyer
Stella Schnabel … Jane
Chuti Tiu … Shark Lawyer #1
Matt McTighe … Young Detective
Sammy Boyarsky … Margaret Brown
What’s Good About It?
This combination of actors and writer/director has yielded some great results in the past, and the reviews for Rampart thus far have been absolutely outstanding, with a very real possibility that Woody Harrelson winning an Academy Award. This bodes well.
What’s Bad About It?
Honestly, I’ve got nothing bad to say. Maybe I’ll think too highly of the film?
Our Clever Prediction
I doubt Rampart will make much money, but with Academy Award nominations it might end up doing pretty darn well. Be on the lookout for it come award season.