Wednesday, 14 March 2012
The acting isn't the only problem with this film. The story really has no discernable plot. There's this loosely put together story of the scandal but it jumps around between that, Brown's past transgressions, his family life, his relationship with Wright, etc. Without a cohesive plot line, it just becomes a series of almost random acts of debauchery and corruption that make no real sense. Case in point: at one point, Brown goes to some underground sex club for ABSOLUTELY NO REASON! If there was a reason, I missed it because it was later in the film and I had completely lost interest. It was a scene that tried to be expository in an artsy way and just derailed an already fragile film.
The production value was pretty decent though. They made very good use of lighting and locations throughout to make it realistic. The best one I can think of was the encounter on the beach between Brown and Hartshorn (Beatty). We normally think of beaches as being almost fantasy and a getaway from life. But having the industrial factory-like building in the background really kept the viewer grounded in the theme of the movie. Rampart is really full of these types of shots. It's a shame though because it isn't enough to outweigh the poor performance from Harrelson, the lack of plot and the unbelievably slow pace to the movie.
Don't see it. There's so many better gritty cop dramas out there. Start with Heat and work your way through.