Bad Lieutenant - Port of Call New Orleans details
|Formats:||18 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Nicolas Cage, Eva Mendes, Val Kilmer|
Bad Lieutenant - Port of Call New Orleans
|Run time:||2 hours 1 minute|
|Rental release:||27 Sep 2010|
By Tom Charity from LOVEFiLM
Werner Herzog's remake of Abel Ferrara's cult movie stars Nic Cage and Eva Mendes...
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Bad Lieutenant,Port Of Call,New Orleans.By joliver1 (9 reviews) from Edinburgh , 16 May 2010
[Highly rated reviewer]Set in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the films opens with Police Officers Terence McDonagh(Nic Cage) and Stevie Pruitt(Val Kilmer) cruelly discussing whether they should release a prisoner trapped in a cell rapdly filling with flood water.McDonagh does so but injures his back very badly in the process.He is prescribed pain management pills by his doctor , thus bgins his downward spiral into addiction.
The story jumps forward six months showing McDonagh leading a murder investigation into the brutal slaying of five people by Big Fate(Alvin Joiner),drug lord of the area, witnessed it is found out later by a grocery delivery boy.McDonagh's determination to get the job done is plainly seen through his ever more outrageous methods fuelled by his apparently insatiable appetite for drugs.This will be his downfall as his somewhat addled perception of the world around him(Iguanas anyone?) begins to affect his judgement and he is suspended from duty.This proves to be no more than a minor detail as he is soon on the loose again.
Just to complcate things there is also the small matter of his gambling addiction(witness his cruel manipulation of a key gridiron player to ensure that the game he is playing in is lost to clear his mounting debts), throw in collusion with a drug dealer, a drug dependant prostitute girlfriend and some very unsavoury mafia henchmen chasing him for a debt and you have an EXTREMELY Bad Lieutenant indeed!
Director Werner Herzog has in effect made an entirely new film bearing little or no resemblance to the Abel Ferrara version and has somehow managed to work in a redemption for McDonagh at the end, having watched the film it should not work but does.Sterling performances all round(welcome back Nic!),coupled with Herzog's directorial flair make this an excellent film,five stars I think!
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FINALLY HAS BOTTOMED OUT !By Peter Hughes from BURNHAM , 05 Oct 2010To use modern terms movies relating to American police have been 'going down the pan' for some years. Port of Call New Orleans' has now reached the sewer works ! As for Nicholas Gage, it's time he stopped and had a long look at what he wants to achieve in life
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Good Cop / Bad CopBy Redking83 (14 reviews) from Liverpool , 05 Oct 2010Great performances abound in this energetic remake. I rented this on the basis of the great critic reviews it received, unfortunately it did not live up to them. It is very watchable but it does not deserve the praise heaped on it, the direction in places was quite surreal - especially the singing lizards! Cage's performance is excellent and far removed from the usual rubbish he puts out. I think it his performance that has earned the film the attention it has drawn. My attention to the plot started flagging near the end as the director attempted to pull the various plots to a neat conclusion. There is no doubt that it is enjoyably watchable but it is all over the place, I think I will be checking out the original though.
WTF?! Trippy or what!?By a customer from Oxford , 05 Oct 2010I watched this film last night and can't believe how surreal and trippy it is. At first I found it funny but then it just went plain weird.
Just don't watch this film when you're stoned because it will confuse you.
Great acting from Nicholas Cage but really didn't like it.
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Weird, wonderful, totally trippy!By MAXIMILIAN (190 reviews) from BURNHAM , 04 Oct 2010I HAVE BEEN wanting to see the new BAD LIEUTENANT for months. I would've rather seen it at the cinema, on the BIG SCREEN but could not find a local cinema showing it in my area, so I resigned myself to watching it on DVD. I sometimes get a feeling that a film is going to be good or not - and my faith in BAD LIEUTENANT was rewarded. This new film (directed by German WERNER HERZOG - the victim of many an abusive tirade from the late, very intense actor KLAUS KINSKI) is WAY BETTER than the Abel Ferrara/Keitel original - (any film which features the rape of a nun and Catholic guilt and frequent, graphic sex and drug-use and full-frontal nudity is going to be a heavy film to watch). This new BAD LIEUTENANT though has one thing the original film does not: DARK HUMOUR. This new BAD LIEUTENANT has a wonderfully surreal feeling to it throughout. NICOLAS CAGE gives his best performance since LEAVING LAS VEGAS or BRINGING OUT THE DEAD as Terrence, the corrupt and totally amoral cop. His bloodshot eyes and nervous twitches outdo even Christopher Walken. Cage is a man who sees iguanas on his coffee table(!) and a breakdancing corpse when he hallucinates. The rest of the cast EVA MENDES as Cage's hooker/girlfriend is good too, and the always-reliable VAL KILMER turns up in a couple of scenes. Setting the film in New Orleans is a great idea, everything looks dirty and derelict. The crime scene aspects of the film play like the best episodes of CSI, and special mention must go to BRAD DOURIF (regular character actor of choice for DAVID LYNCH) who, here gives a great performance as Cage's shifty betting agent, with a daughter who has car parking ticket convictions. The one advantage of watching BAD LIEUTENANT on DVD ,as opposed to in the cinema, is you can instantly go back and watch it again. This film is even better second time around: you see more in it, and understand the story better. Film composer/jazz trumpeter MARK ISHAM has written a terrific soundtrack for this movie aswell. I have seen other films by WERNER HERZOG (AGUIRE: WRATH OF GOD, THE ENIGMA OF KASPAR HAUSER, RESCUE DAWN), but BAD LIEUTENANT is Herzog's best film to date. Weirder than DAVID LYNCH, but easier to understand. Off-the-wall, surreal, off-kilter. THOROUGHLY RECOMMENDED.
A bit wobbly - much like the filming!By Wooster (312 reviews) from Tonbridge , 04 Oct 2010Not a bad film by any means but I guess the director wanted to convey the spaced-outness of the Cage character so took to a few strange shots of singing iguanas and wobbly camera work to give the feeling of his drug induced mind.
It didn't really work and got in the way of quite a nice plot.
The actual story and the twists and turns worked well, and I enjoyed the film but would've liked a slightly different line in direction.
Don't dismiss the film but don't expect an Oscar winner either!