It’s 1999 Los Angeles and Rodney King’s request for us all to just get along has come and gone, as have the riots that followed. Most residents were eager to move on from this embarrassing time for the City of Angels while a precious few could not. Meet Dave Brown…Vietnam Vet and a battle scarred cop who has more fondness for his moniker, “Date Rape Dave,” than he does for his badge. A vigilante in the fast lane on the road to Hell, Dave Brown hates all people equally yet is a master in the art of seduction that no woman can rebuff. Confident and eloquent, he has the word or action for every scenario…good, bad and everything in between.
Loosely based on true events, “Rampart” is co-written by James Ellroy (who also wrote “L.A. Confidential”) and Oren Moverman, who is also the Director of this film. “Rampart,” is a character study set in the Wild, Wild West of present day. Woody Harrelson gives a irresistible performance as Dave Brown. The cast is rich with surprise performances including Broadway legend and operatic diva, Audra McDonald, Cynthia Nixon, of Sex and the City fame, and even rapper-turn- actor, Ice Cube, pops up for some fab face time. Expect to also encounter Steve Buscemi, Sigourney Weaver, Robin Wright and Ann Heche, some caricatures and some not. Deliberately slow paced but intense with ambiguity, “Rampart” is a hypnotic ride on cruise control in low gear. But, don’t forget to fasten your seatbelt; it’s still going to be a very, bumpy night.
This video was created and edited by Denise Goins