A lean, mean and uncharacteristically disturbed Woody Harrelson breathes sad life into this role of a corrupt LAPD cop during the Rampart Scandal. His character’s perverse and twisted view of the world becomes increasingly disturbing as he often has many good points. Film critic and all around badass Elvis Mitchell conducted an intriguing interview with Israeli filmmaker Oren Moverman.
There are elements of yourself that you put in everything. In this particular case, my relationship with Woody and Ben [Foster], we’re so close that I think we influence each other and we bring our lives together in our different experiences and out of that, things progress.
At best, I was expecting a rehash of Kurt Russell’s “Blue Shield” or a shoddy version of Denzel Washington’s “Training Day.” Instead, I was met with a nice surprise in Woody Harrelson’s “Rampart” in that it held my attention from beginning to end. Rampart does not deal with an objective situation; instead, it addresses a subjective turmoil as experienced by its main character, Dave Brown. I appreciated how director Oren Moverman wisely refused to tie loose ends and create a sense of closure. Alternatively, he leaves this story he weaved in my lap and leaves me pondering how it may (or how I want it to) end.