Written December 18, 2009
But I mean that in a good way. I've only seen two other films of his, "Grizzly Man" and "Encounters at the End of the World", which were documentaries. After viewing the fictitious "Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans" my suspicions of his wicked sense of humor are confirmed.
This film is similar to the original 1992 "Bad Lieutenant" (directed by Abel Ferrara, starring Harvey Keitel) in that it profiles a totally corrupt, drug abusing police lieutenant. However, while the original "Bad Lieutenant" contained no comedy and sends Keitel progressively downward from bad to worse to things can't get any worse than this... Herzog's "Bad Lieutenant" is full of a variety of comic styles from dark humor to absurd humor to plain old silliness. (In one scene, Nicolas Cage (the bad lieutenant) asks "what are these iguanas doing on my coffee table?" and the scene suddenly switches to the point of view of an iguana. The scene is almost entirely silly and pointless. I'm out of room now.
Written December 17, 2009
A combination of the Coen brothers and Quentin Tarentino!
Written December 29, 2009
This film is a bold "say it how it is" type of film. The movie was highly entertaining is uniquely crisp. Some scenes went to far in terms of creativity, but it managed to keep me glued and satisfied 95% of the time. In terms of acting, Nicholas Cage gets two thumbs way up. He did a superb job.
My Rating: 9/10
Written December 22, 2009
Nicholas Cage actually takes this bad ball and runs with it.
Written November 24, 2009
i dont know if nicolas cage is acting or being himself but he is great as a tortured, conflicted cop. eva mendes is hot as the hooker with the heart of gold. the writer, billy finklestein is great in a small role as a mob tough guy; and herzog is great playing with our heads; you can let it all hang out on the bring of destruction and fate can go your way but never feel secure cause it can turn against you at any time.