Friday, February 24, 2012

Rampart


Woody Harrelson gives yet another powerful, gritty, mesmerizing, tour de force performance for director Oren Moverman ('The Messenger') as an L.A. cop spiraling out of control.  His character already has a history of alleged police brutality, and now trouble is heating up again.  Reminiscent of Michael Chiklis' character in 'The Shield', Nicolas Cage in 'The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans', and Denzel Washington in 'Training Day', Harrelson adds a new memorable entry in this exciting genre.  And helped by a terrific supporting cast, including Anne Heche, Cynthia Nixon, Robin Wright, Sigourney Weaver, Ned Beatty, Steve Buscemi, and Harrelson's co-star from 'The Messenger', 'Ben Foster, this is a must see for those like me who love a gritty film about the downward spiral of a man with questionable morals.  This was one of my favorite films at the Toronto Film Festival and it was just as good the second time around.  Harrelson easily gave one of the best performances of 2011, and it's a shame that Oscar didn't recognize that.

Grade: A

1 comment:

  1. David may just love this... if for no other reason than your reference to Michael Chiklis' Vic Mackey. Woody Harrelson is great.

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