Crime Drama - This very dark drama is a huge starring showcase for Woody Harrelson,
and his fans will savor him tackling such a meaty role. Other known
names in the cast have much smaller roles. While about a police
officer, this is not an action film but a more talky drama. Constant
language, sex, violence, and overall dark subject matter make the film
inappropriate for children.
PROFANITY: Well over 30 F-words; 13 S-words; 3 GD's; a number of others. SEX/NUDITY: Brief sex with related nudity. VIOLENCE: Beatings and fighting. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Frequent alcohol and tobacco. ACTION: A chase. COMEDY: None.
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
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
making less and less sense.
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?