Only mere hours ago, I watched Oren Moverman‘s Rampart. It’s much, much different from his fantastic 2008 directorial debut, The Messenger. Since I’ve only seen the film so recently, I’m not 100% comfortable discussing it at length. It’s a film that needs time…but I can say that this trailer is not the best representation of Moverman’s meditative drama. There is no hard rock music in the movie, it’s not fast paced, and the film is not as clichéd as the trailer suggests.

If this trailer gets anything across right, it’s all the hints at how great Woody Harrelson is as Dave Brown. Harrelson fills a through-and-through bastard with a surprising amount of humanity, and even a little bit of uncomfortable empathy. It’s a powerful performance. But does Harrelson really look like the most corrupt cop you’ve ever seen on screen? You be the judge:

Rampart will end up going down as a love it or hate it type of film, and that was definitely proven by the mixed reactions out of TIFF. Our own Kate Erbland wasn’t much of a fan at AFI, but the more I reflect on the film, the more I admire and like it.

Moverman’s drama has an awards qualifying run next week and will open in theaters on January 27, 2012. [Apple]


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