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Genres Thriller Action
Running Time 105 min
Release Date Feb 10, 2012
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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… Show more

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Friday February 17, 2012 - Boston.com - By Ty Burr, Globe Staff

A lot of talented people have worked overtime to make “Rampart’’ matter. Woody Harrelson gives a ferocious performance as a very bad LA cop and director Oren Moverman, coming off the quiet triumph of 2009’s “The Messenger,’’ throws caution to the Santa Ana winds. The script by Moverman and crime fiction legend James Ellroy is land-mined with profanity and nihilism. Bobby Bukowski’s camerawork practically stands on its head. A Greek chorus of well-known actresses - Cynthia Nixon and Anne Heche as sisters serially married to the hero, Robin Wright and Audra McDonald as floozies, Sigourney Weaver as a D.A. - offer distressed support.

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