After Katrina, police sergeant Terence McDonagh rescues a prisoner, hurts his back in the process and earns a promotion to lieutenant plus an addiction to cocaine and painkillers. Six months later, a family is murdered over drugs; Terence runs the investigation. His drug-using prostitute girlfriend, his alcoholic father's dog, run-ins with two old women and a well-connected john, gambling losses, a nervous young witness, and thefts of police property put Terence's job and then his life in danger. He starts seeing things. He wants a big score to get out from under mounting debts, so he joins forces with drug dealers. The murders remain unsolved. A bad lieutenant gets worse.Written by
Written by Eddie Miller, James Pebworth, Robert Yount
Performed by Johnny Adams
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Man...what a crappy movie. I found myself looking away from the screen sometimes out of embarrassment for Nicolas Cage. Everything was bad. The only reason I didn't walk out of the theater is because I am from New Orleans and wanted to see how Herzog filmed the city. In fact I thought his choice of locations was excellent. The African funeral scene was filmed in Holt Cemetery, which is a potter's field in an otherwise middle-class neighborhood. If you go there you will find human bones sticking out of the ground everywhere! No one has a New Orleans accent except the old black lady. I don't have one either but I am from the suburbs. The fancy apartment building where the old lady lives is the St. Vincent de Paul Guest House on Magazine Street. Stay there! It is atmospheric and inexpensive. I also used to live one block from where they busted "Midget". The person whose room I rented left the house after being bashed in the head with a brick while unlocking her door.
Other than Holt Cemetery and some nice shots of some of the most picturesque slums in America, there is little to recommend. Fairuza Balk looks really good in her underwear scene...Nicolas Cage mentions it too. He is a terrible actor. He is totally unconvincing. The whole movie is boring and pointless. Is it a comedy or a drama? It is neither, it is nothing. It could maybe have been a success if Cage and Herzog had played it differently. Instead of making the Bad Lieutenant tortured, they should have made him a sort of jolly, amoral sadist who just enjoys the hell out of himself. Cage tried to put on his pathos-face though and screwed it up.
Some random remarks:
The plantation house looks cool. - Xzibit looks exactly like 50 Cent. - There are no Senegalese immigrants in New Orleans - The iguana stuff is stupid. - The whole movie is stupid.
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