Woody Harrelson delivers a performance of scorching intensity in ‘Rampart’ as a corrupt cop whose life descends into ever-deepening levels of Hell. 

The film, which is Oren Moverman’s follow-up to ‘The Messenger’, is just about as far removed stylistically and thematically as you can imagine from that award-winning film.

What impresses most – aside from Harrelson’s performance – are cinematographer Bobby Bukowski’s bold visuals, which portray outdoor L.A. as a merciless environment of blinding sunlight, while his interiors are shrouded in shadow and deep flashes of primal color.

While the subject matter of a dirty cop riding a relentless downward spiral doesn’t seem as fresh as it did more than a decade ago, performance and visuals make ‘Rampart’ a unique and worthwhile experience.

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