An Cop-Dramen mangelte es in den vergangenen Jahren wahrlich nicht, in den meisten Fällen jedoch mit höchst überschaubarer Qualität. Ob es „Rampart“ mit Woody Harrelson in der Hauptrolle als „most corrupt cop you’ve ever seen on screen“ sowie einem überdurchschnittlichen Cast (wenn man mal von Ice Cube absieht) gelingen wird, aus der mediokren Masse hervorzustechen? Der Trailer ist jedenfalls mehr als ok.
Los Angeles, 1999. Officer Dave Brown (Woody Harrelson) is a Vietnam vet and a Rampart Precinct cop, dedicated to doing „the people’s dirty work“ and asserting his own code of justice, often blurring the lines between right and wrong to maintain his action-hero state of mind. When he gets caught on tape beating a suspect, he finds himself in a personal and emotional downward spiral as the consequences of his past sins and his refusal to change his ways in light of a department-wide corruption scandal seal his fate. Brown internalizes his fear, anguish and paranoia as his world, complete with two ex-wives who are sisters, two daughters, an aging mentor dispensing bad advice, investigators galore, and a series of seemingly random women, starts to unravel. In the end, what is left is a human being stripped of all his pretense, machismo, chauvinism, arrogance, sexism, homophobia, racism, aggression, misanthropy; but is it enough to redeem him as a man?