Rampart trailer combines some great names
I'm going to rattle off names involved in this project and see what that makes you think of the upcoming Rampart, for me it had me salivating before I saw this powerful trailer. Director Oren Moverman; writer James Ellroy; starring Woody Harrelson; Sigourney Weaver; Robin Wright; Steve Buscemi; Ben Foster; Anne Heche, Ned Beatty and Cynthia Nixon.
That sounds a good list, then there's the fact that Harrelson is playing a corrupt policeman who believes in rough justice and doing the dirty work for those who don't want to get their hands dirty. However when he's caught in the act of beating a criminal, his life starts to fall apart and his past pours out.
Rampart does have an impressive line-up, but the three things that win it over for me are Oren Moverman directing and co-writing, James Ellroy co-writing, and Woody Harrelson in the lead role as the lead character, the fantastic supporting cast is a bonus.
The trailer looks powerful as does the performance from Woody Harrelson, even if the double cigarette trick does look cheesy as anything, he does look like he's going to be wringing out a performance and a half. At times you can see his character appearing very strong and at others he looks completely wrung out.
Here's the blurb for Rampart:
Los Angeles, 1999. Officer Dave Brown (two-time Academy Award(R) nominee Woody 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 who are sisters, two daughters, an aging mentor 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?
Now here's the trailer which comes through Trailer Addict.