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Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans

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Bad Lieutenant, Nicolas Cage | BAD LIEUTENANT: PORT OF CALL NEW ORLEANS Nicolas Cage is a cop struggling with his inner demons amidst the chaos of post-Katrina New Orleans
Lena Herzog

Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
121 minutes
Limited Release Date:
11/20/09
performer:
Nicolas Cage, Val Kilmer, Eva Mendes, Xzibit
director:
Werner Herzog
distributor:
First Look
genre:
Mystery and Thriller

We gave it a C

Nicolas Cage is one of those actors who are most watchable when they’re letting their freak flag really fly. In films like Vampire’s Kiss, Wild at Heart, and Leaving Las Vegas, you never know what he’s going to do next: chow on a cockroach, ?channel Elvis, or chug a bottle of liquor in a single gulp. Well, you can add Werner Herzog’s entirely unnecessary riff on Abel Ferrara’s seedy (and superior) 1992 cop flick Bad Lieutenant to that list. The story is set in a post-Katrina Big Easy, where Cage’s coked-up detective battles hallucinations (of giant lizards, mostly) and drug dealers. He’s magnetic, but the movie is a self-indulgent mess. The EXTRAS include a suitably strange making-of doc that has Herzog talking about the ”bliss of evil” in all of his cryptic Teutonic weirdness. C

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