In Werner Herzog’s new film “Bad
Lieutenant: Port Of Call New Orleans,” Nicolas Cage plays a
rogue detective who is as devoted to his job as he is at scoring
drugs -- while playing fast and loose with the law. He wields
his badge as often as he wields his gun in order to get his way.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina he becomes a
high-functioning addict who is a deeply intuitive, fearless
detective reigning over the beautiful ruins of New Orleans with
authority and abandon. Complicating his tumultuous life is the
prostitute he loves (played by Eva Mendes). Together they
descend into their own world marked by desire, compulsion, and
conscience. The result is a singular masterpiece of filmmaking:
equally sad and manically humorous.
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