Excerpt: A corrupt New Orleans detective juggles his drug addiction, high class hooker girlfriend and gambling debts while trying to solve the gangland execution of a Senegalese family. Bad Lieutenant is a semi-remake of an extremely bleak and nihilistic Abel Ferrara film but its approach is rather more comic than the original, largely because of Nicolas Cage's typically eccentric performance.
Excerpt: I never really paid much attention to this movie when it came out, it's one of those films at the time that just slip by. Of lately Cage has made one bad movie after another. I have even said to my wife they should take back his Oscar. I liked this film, it is rich in character, a brillant character study that is bizzar, fresh, dark, and funny. Cage is really great in this movie. I was feeling his pain and frustration as the movie went on.
Summary: I agree with sapien that the ending was a bit too tidy of a way to wrap things up - but overall it was a pretty good film and Nicolas Cage actually impressed me for once. Was it mind blowing? No - but it was a good crime drama.
Excerpt: Man this movie is fantastic ! I love cage in this film his acting is tremendous the character he plays his a real dick but a nice one he may be a little messed up but his intentions are normally good. The picture quality is of a very high standard and likewise so is the sound ! The extras are a little light on the ground but i can live with that because the film is so great.
Summary: Great performance by Nicolas Cage - it could very well be the top performance of his career. It could have been a really bad idea for Herzog to remake this movie, but in fact he knew what he was doing and it was probably better than the original version. Nice movie shot on location in NOLA. I'd see it again for kicks probably. Eva Mendes was just okay.