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USA: Millennium Entertainment
UK: Studio Canal
Cast: Woody Harrelson, Ned Beatty, Ben Foster, Anne Heche, Ice Cube, Cynthia Nixon, Sigourney Weaver, Robin Wright, Steve Buscemi, Brie Larson, Jon Bernthal
Director: Oren Moverman
USA: 107 mins
UK: 108 mins
USA Rated: R for pervasive language, sexual content and some violence
UK Certificate: 15 contains strong sex references & language, once very strong, & moderate sex
USA Release Date: 10 February 2012 (Limited Release)
UK Release Date: 24 February 2012
"For one cop, corruption knows no limit."
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 making less and less sense.
Ultimately, what is left is a human being stripped of all his pretence, machismo, chauvinism, arrogance, sexism, homophobia, racism, aggression, misanthropy; but is it enough to redeem him as a man?