Nicolas Cage Cuts Loose, to Greatly Satisfying Effect, in 'Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans'
Let’s get one thing straight: Werner Herzog’s Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans is not a remake of Abel Ferrara’s Bad Lieutenant, the grittier 1992 drama starring Harvey Keitel as a corrupt cop suffering a crisis of conscience, nor is it a sequel. Like Keitel, Nicolas Cage plays a drug-addicted lawman on a mission to self-destruct – his personal life is a disaster and his bosses are sick of his indiscretions. But Port of Call New Orleans is a far cry from Ferrara’s harrowing horror show.
Thanks to Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds, the vicious political satire In the Loop and provocative documentaries like The Cove and Food, Inc., it's already been a terrific year for dedicated moviegoers. Based on the impressively strong selection of films on display at the 34th annual Toronto Film Festival, which drew to a close Sept. 19, there's plenty to look forward to in the months to come.