Lite’s Review Room – Weekend Movies: “The Vow” “Safe House” (page 3)

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Rampart

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Rampart, is a new movie from LightStream Pictures directed by Oren Moverman (The Messenger) it stars Ben Foster (Pandorum), Sigourney Weaver (Avatar), Robin Wright (The Conspirator), and Woody Harrelson (Zombieland).

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 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?

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