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Friday, April 9, 2010

Fear and loathing of The New Orleans Police Department. A review of The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call,New Orleans.

The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans

Cast: Nicholas Cage, Eva Mendes

Writer: William Finklestin

Director: Werner Herzog.


***'s out of 4

























Terrance McDonagh(Cage)is a cop investigating the murder of a family in the wake of hurricane Katrina. While working on the case McDonagh is a gambling,drug addicted,thief who does whatever it takes to stay ahead of the law and not get busted himself while scoring his next fix. If this plot is starting to sound familiar,it's because it shares the same title of Abel Ferrara's 1992 drama Bad Lieutenant


The Bad Lieutenant:Post of Call,New Orleans follows Terrance as he finds Daryl(Denzel Whitaker) a young boy who is the only witness to the murder. He must keep him safe til he is able to identify the main suspect, Big Fate(Alvin "Xzibit" Joiner). All while trying to avoid repaying a loss he made on a bet,keeping some thugs away from his prostitute girlfriend Frankie Donnenfield(Mendes) and stealing drugs from busts and other ventures to support his habit.

Despite all the horrendous things McDonagh does to people in this movie and he does do some pretty horrible stuff. I found myself at times actually rooting for him. He is not entirely unlikeable and he has enough moments of do good charm that made me want to stay with him throughout this insane ride. Even the supposed bad guy Big Fate was such a joy to watch when he forms an alliance with McDonagh. I almost forgot who the bad guys were. There are no real good people in this bad world or are there no real bad people in this good world. You will have to use your own code of morality when viewing this movie. But despite on whoever you decide is good or bad This Bad Lieutenant is a good movie.


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