BAD LIEUTENANT – PORT OF CALL: NEW ORLEANS

Bad Lieutenant – Port of Call: New Orleans
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BAD LIEUTENANT – PORT OF CALL: NEW ORLEANS



Written by Limara Salt
17 Monday 17th May 2010

About 20 minutes in, you’d be forgiven for wondering if Werner Herzog’s Bad Lieutenant is one of the most bizarre and hilarious films of recent times. Similar to Abel Ferrara’s 1992 film staring Harvey Keitel only by name, Nicholas Cage plays Terrence McDonagh, a New Orleans police sergeant addicted to painkillers, along with any other drug he can come across, after injuring his back helping a wounded prisoner trapped in the wreckage of Hurricane Katrina.
 
 
Put in charge of an investigation aiming to bring down a local crime lord, Big Fate (rapper Xzibit), McDonagh veers dangerously off course due to his unhinged mental state and demeanour. Stash gets stolen, McDonagh forces a man to watch his girlfriend gives exchange sexual favours in return for not being arrested and then he manages to glorious cock it up when his prostitute girlfriend Frankie (Eva Mendes) gets in trouble.
 
 
Bad Lieutenant is a wild, mess of a movie. Are we supposed to be laughing? Was that Herzog’s intention? Frankly, who the hell cares as this is the kind of deranged performance that only Nicholas Cage could get away with. His career is the definition of agony and ecstasy and off the back of Kick-Ass, this has been a very good year for him so far. He clearly doesn’t care if people think he’s overacting as it only adds to the overall madness, and one might argue, brilliance of the piece. As McDonagh, he is a totally absorbing leading man with hitched shoulders and bulging eyes, who ticks and wheezes whilst seeing iguanas, dancing souls and frightening the living daylights out of an old lady in one of the films standout scenes.
 
 
Bad Lieutenant – Port of Call: New Orleans is a must see simply to experience this peculiar and quite genius cinematic treat from one of Europe’s finest directors.

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