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Rampart

Released: 24/02/2012 Released in key cities
Oscar-nominated Oren Moverman reunites the stars of his 2009 debut The Messenger. This time, Woody Harrelson plays a corrupt member of the LAPD, a Vietnam vet with a disturbed private life who is caught on tape beating a suspect. L.A. Confidential author James Ellroy helps out with the dialogue. For more information visit: http://rampartmovie.com/ Buy: http://www.aubincinema.com/Movie/242 Watch:
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The Observer“A brilliant portrait...” It confirms Harrelson's position as one of the best, most ambitious, least self-regarding actors at work today, and by the end he's compelled us to understand Brown and accord him a grudging respect...
 
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The Telegraph“A banal cop drama with brief moments of nerve-rattling chaos...” Rampart might be a worthy attempt to probe the banality of evil, but after an hour and a half of its near-unvarying gruesomeness, it’s the film that starts to feel decidedly banal...
 
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Evening Standard“No Ellroy fan should miss movie...” Since "Date Rape" Dave never changes, Rampart remains only a character study, not a dramatic journey. And even Harrelson can't make you like such an unyielding sociopath, though it is quite something to see him try...
 
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Guardian“A great addition to the Ellroy canon...” Rampart is an involving and tense study of a long, slow, agonising endgame; scenes from a life in denial and descent...
 
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Total Film “Harrelson is phenomenal...” Moverman’s plummeting psychological profile shows great taste but poor judgement – the wonderful cast and convincing plot sacrificed in service of the exceptional Harrelson...
 
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Time Out“Feels like no movie you've ever seen...” A stunning, idiosyncratic anti-thriller which, like its brash, inflexible central character, refuses to play by any rules...
 
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Empire“A familiar story oddly presented...” Harrelson’s towering turn aside, we’re not really watching anything new here...
 
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Little White Lies“Harrelson is riveting, and Moverman’s gaze is unflinching...” Rampart merely hints at the political shitstorm going on elsewhere. It’s a bold as well as a wise move, keeping the film away from any tedious dramatising of the ‘issues’, and dialling in on one man who embodies them all anyway...
 
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The Independent“Lots of energy, not much discipline...” Rampart assembles the elements of a thriller and then doesn't bother to resolve them. It frustrates the more for having so many scenes that are pointed and well-written – and go nowhere...
 
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Film4“There's one big problem. Dave is a complete arsehole...” A sleazy, murky, pleasingly twisted movie that keeps flashing back at you like a bad trip. But without Ellroy's masterful prose, Rampart's obnoxious leading man is beyond redemption...
 
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