Movie review: (drama) “Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans” (2009)

December 10, 2010 at 6:02 pm (dark comedy, horror, movies)

What a great movie! If you like that sort of thing. That sort of thing being dark, bizarre, and really grimly funny.

This is not a sequel to Abel Ferrara’s awesome ’92 movie, “Bad Lieutenant.” The rights were purchased by Herzog t…o create a remake, but it isn’t that either. It’s a movie with the same themes, and a fine companion piece, actually. But where BL92 was pretty much unrelentingly grim. BL:POCNO is wickedly hilarious.

Amazingly, Nic Cage’s performance is restrained (for him). He’s in as dramatic a downward spiral as in the wonderful “Vampire’s Kiss,” (1988), but Cage is a more mature actor now. His insanity certainly manifests itself externally, but some of his best scenes are when he’s lost in his own head. (You will never look at iguanas the same way again.)

LOVED the ending. I’m not sure why there was debate over what it means–I thought it was pretty dang obvious. But I’m not sayin’ for those who haven’t seen it yet.

And by the way, if you’ve never seen the origianal “Bad Lieutenant,” be sure you get the unrated or NC-17 version. The R rated version has been cut to the point that the movie makes no sense.

-Rated R
-5 out of 5 stars
-Grownup movie


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