Sunday February 23, 2020

Film: LA story is rescued by Harrelson

Reviewed this week: Rampart. Directed by Oren Moverman. Rating: 3/5. Margaret. Directed by Kenneth Lonergan. Rating: 4/5.

26th February, 2012
Woody Harrelson in Rampart: a performance of extraordinary power.

**Rating:** 3/5

Anyone who followed the TV series The Shield will be familiar with the basic premise of **Rampart**, written by crime novelist James Ellroy and directed by Oren Moverman. It is based on a real-life corruption scandal that shattered the reputation of the Los Angeles Police Department in the late 1990s.

A squad of police officers assigned to investigate gangs became gangsters themselves. Moverman's film doesn't even attempt to tell that story (which took The...

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