Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans
Herzog’s film is a pulpy, glorious mess. Its maniacal unpredictability is such a blast that it reminds you just how tidy and dull most crime thrillers are these days.A. O. Scott, New York Times
Nicolas Cage, Eva Mendes, Val Kilmer, Jennifer Coolidge,
Herzog directs a brilliant performance by Nicolas Cage as bad cop Terence McDonough in this high-octane black comedy crime drama. The viewer rides shotgun with Cage as he prowls a depopulated New Orleans as the lead on a multiple homicide case and in search of his next fix. “Essentially a documentarian, Herzog has always been as concerned with location as with character; Bad Lieutenant is as much about the sorry state of New Orleans as it is about that of the protagonist’s mental health” (J. Hoberman, Village Voice).