First Preview Clips from Rampart Starring Woody Harrelson
09.12.11 by BJSprecher
One of the movies that generated buzz at the Toronto International Film Festival is the police drama Rampart, writer-director Oren Moverman's follow-up to The Messenger (2009). Based on a story by James Ellroy (The Black Dahlia, L.A. Confidential), Rampart is set against the backdrop of the Los Angeles Police Department Rampart Scandal of the late-1990s and stars Academy Award-nominee Woody Harrelson as "Date Rape" Dave Brown, one of the last of the force's rogue cops.
Though Brown is described as "a loathsome protagonist," a reviewer for THR said that Harrelson played the role "with an intensity that sears the screen," and ROS called it an "Oscar-level performance." Rampart is still seeking a distributor so it does not have a theatrical release date, but three new preview clips have been released via THR that will give you an idea of what the buzz is all about.
Here's is the "Programmer's Note" about Rampart from the TIFF website:
Nothing fascinates like a dirty cop. In real life they’re terrifying, but in the movies their upending of law and order can open deep explorations of psychology, morality and violence. So meet Dave Brown.
Played by Woody Harrelson in yet another outstanding performance, Brown is a cop long ago unleashed from the rules of the Los Angeles Police Department. Roving the streets in his black-and-white cruiser, he governs and punishes at will. His home life is a riddle. Somehow he has fathered children with two sisters (Anne Heche and Cynthia Nixon). Somehow he still lives casually with them both, slipping in and out of a family life that’s as tangled as his long career on the force. His own daughter calls him Date Rape. That’s because, years ago, Brown may have killed a rapist and gotten away with it. The shadow of the incident still haunts him, so when his Rampart division gets caught up in a corruption scandal, Brown makes an easy target. As the controversy seeps through the department and into city hall, this hardened, reckless officer finds himself at the centre of a sordid L.A. story.
You can watch all three preview clips in the player below. There is a small amount of adult language, so consider it NSFW.
The cast of Rampart includes Ben Foster, Sigourney Weaver, Steve Buscemi, Ice Cube, Brie Larson and Robin Wright.