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Bad Lieutenant – Port of Call New Orleans –

The easiest fiction film of Werner Herzog’s to follow. It’s not even close.

It’s also one of the most fun. Nic Cage (who seems to be in a race with Samuel L. Jackson to overtake Michael Caine as the most distinguished actor with a horrid resume) is positively operatic as the titular Bad Lieutenant. I don’t think that his mania is restrained from other Cage films, but it has a context of crazy – between Iguana-Cam and the Break-Dancing-Soul, it’s not as if he’s placing anything greater than 3rd.

When our Bad Lieutenant is not tripping, he’s stealing from his fellow cops, gambling or harassing pedestrians.

The one redeeming quality our Lieutenant has is a heart. Misguided as it is. (Which is something that all Herzog’s mad men have.)

This heart demands that he solve a gruesome crime, anyway he can. He’s looking for redemption. It his quest leads into all sorts of dark alleys.

And if that sounds like fun, this is the film for you.

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