Theatrical Trailer for Rampart Starring Woody Harrelson
11.20.11 by BJSprecher
After receiving mixed reviews at this year's Toronto International Film Festival, it was unclear whether writer-director Oren Moverman's (The Messenger) new crime drama, Rampart, would get picked up for distribution. However, the buzz generated by Woody Harrelson's "Oscar-level performance" as "Date Rape" Dave Brown — "The Most Corrupt Cop You've Ever Seen On Screen" — prompted Millennium Entertainment to pick up U.S. distribution rights and schedule a limited release opening to ensure that the movie would qualify for submission to the Academy for consideration at next year's Oscars. Check out the new theatrical trailer and see why people are buzzing about Harrelson in Rampart.
Here is the synopsis of the movie:
Los Angeles, 1999. Officer Dave Brown (Harrelson) is a Vietnam vet and a Rampart Precinct cop dedicated to doing "the people's dirty work" and asserting his own code of justice, often blurring the lines between right and wrong to maintain his action-hero state of mind. When he gets caught on tape beating a suspect, he finds himself in a personal and emotional downward spiral as the consequences of his past sins and his refusal to change his ways in light of a department-wide corruption scandal seal his fate. Brown internalizes his fear, anguish and paranoia as his world, complete with two ex-wives (Anne Heche and Cynthia Nixon)
who are sisters, two daughters, an aging mentor (Ned Beatty) dispensing bad advice, investigators galore, and a series of seemingly random women, starts making less and less sense. In the end, what is left is a human being stripped of all his pretense, machismo, chauvinism, arrogance, sexism, homophobia, racism, aggression, misanthropy; but is it enough to redeem him as a man?
To watch the trailer in HD, head over to Apple. If you want to see more of the movie, check out the preview clips that were previously released.
Rampart is based on a story by James Ellroy (The Black Dahlia, L.A. Confidential). Ben Foster, Sigourney Weaver, Steve Buscemi, Ice Cube, Brie Larson and Robin Wright also star.