With his debut feature The Messenger
, writer/director Oren Moverman fashioned a moving work that was equal parts Hal Ashby and Bob Rafelson. He reteams with Woody Harrelson for his follow-up Rampart
, but it’s a new collaborator, crime writer James Ellroy, who turns out to have the biggest influence on the finished film.
Harrelson stars as David Brown, an L.A. cop as compromised and corrupt as you can imagine. In addition to facing another round of internal-affairs investigations stemming from his activities, he gets caught on video assaulting a black citizen. As his legal bills mount, he resorts to another ill-gotten scheme in order to swindle so...