Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Rampart (2011)

Director: Oren Moverman. Cast: Woody Harrelson, Ben Foster, Sigourney Weaver, Jon Bernthal, Cynthia Nixon, Anne Heche, Brie Larson, Steve Buscemi, Robin Wright, Ned Beatty, Ice Cube. 108 min. Rated R. Crime/Drama.

Inspired by the 1990s LAPD Rampart scandal, Harrelson is a dirty cop who in her daughter's words, is a "racist, bigot, sexist, womanizer, chauvinist, misanthrope homophobic." So this probably isn't a protagonist you sympathize with. But then ... he really does take down the "bad guys". Just that he has his own ways, and his ways are usually illegal. So amazingly, you feel sorry for the guy. The surprising cast of great performers, each playing small parts, is not enough to make the somewhat disjointed story interesting. Or maybe the director expected me to be well-versed on the real-life scandal.

PS: I wish Sigourney Weaver was given more prominent roles, more often.

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