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February 3, 2010

The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call - New Orleans

Director - Werner Herzog

Genre - Crime/Drama

Regardless of this film's association with the one starring Harvey Keitel, we have to say that Herzog's is better by a mile. Sorry Mr. Ferrara, if your movie didn't star Keitel we wouldn't have even mentioned it in the same breath as this one. In 'Port of Call', Nicholas Cage made us recall his offbeat, actor who takes the untravelled path persona which was more prevalent earlier on in his career. You know, before he turned to whoring himself with duds like 'Ghost Rider', 'Bangkok Dangerous' and 'Next'. In a way, cinema's constant re-inventor, Werner Herzog is just the director needed to bring out the best in Cage. Funny, missing a few marbles (actually a whole sack!) and never dull, Cage's role here is like 'Dirty Harry' chanelling 'Igor'. You see, he walks with tilted shoulders and has a mean streak. Saying too much would take away its charm. And that, it has plenty of.


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Reel Whore said...

The pairing of Herzog & Cage seemed odd, but it totally works in a bizarre, crazy kind of way.

I really dug Bad Lt...to the breaka breaka dawn!

1minutefilmreview said...

Yeah this was quite a good match up. It made for an interesting watch. We liked it too.

Val Kilmer is hardly visible here though. His role is quite irrelevant here. Oh well, we never really liked him anyway.