Rampart (2011)

Plot: Rampart explores the dark soul and romantic misadventures of a never-changing LAPD cop (Woody Harrelson) whose past is finally catching up with him in the wake of a department-wide corruption scandal. Along the way, he is forced to confront his disgruntled daughters (Brie Larson, Sammy Boyarsky), his two ex-wives (Anne Heche, Cynthia Nixon), a tenacious Deputy DA (Sigourney Weaver), an investigator on his trail (Ice Cube), a homeless witness to his crimes (Ben Foster), his aging mentor (Ned Beatty) and a mysterious new lover who may or may not be on his side (Robin Wright), as he fights for his own sanity and survival.

Director: Oren Moverman

Writing Credits: Oren Moverman and James Ellroy.

Cast: Woody Harrelson, Robin Wright, Brie Larson, Sigourney Weaver, Ice Cube, Cynthia Nixon, Anne Heche, Steve Buscemi, Ben Foster, Ned Beatty & Jon Bernthal.

Music by: Dickon Hinchliffe

Genre: Crime & Drama

Budget: $12,000,000

Filming Dates: October – December 2010

Filming Locations: Los Angeles, California

Release Date: November 23, 2011 (Limited: Los Angeles & New York) | February 10, 2012 (USA)

Runtime: 108 minutes

MPAA Rating: Rated R for pervasive language, sexual content and some violence.

Robin Wright as Linda Fentress

Dave Brown (Woody Harrelson) is a Los Angeles police officer who works out of the Rampart Division. Dave is misogynistic, racist, brutally violent, egotistical and a womanizer.

One night on a bar, Dave meets Linda Fentress, a lawyer played by Robin Wright. What begins as a one-night stand develops into a sexual, toxic and masochist relationship.

A conflict blooms in that it would be much more beneficial for her to work against him. When Linda attempts to discuss feelings vs. professionalism and the reality of the situation with him, he cannot get past the fact that she will not simply do as he says.

Brown’s every encounter with a female reinforces his paranoia that women want to deflate his manhood by sucking him dry. That paranoia is made literal through Brown’s relationship with Linda.

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