Sunday, December 13, 2009

BAD LIEUTINENT: PORT OF CALL NEW ORLEANS (2009)

Director: Werner Herzog
Written By: William M. Finkelstein
Cinematography By: Peter Zeitlinger
Editor: Joe Bini

Cast: Nicholas Cage, Eva Mendes, Val Kilmer, Irma P. Hall, Brad Douriff, Xzibit, Shawn Hatosy, Vondie Curtis-Hall, Jennifer Coolidge, Michael Shannon, Fairuza Balk, Denzel Whitaker, Shea Wingham, Nick Gomez


This was a film I expected to be fun and really enjoy, Yet I found this to be another disappointment. It has good and interesting characters. But for all the great actors in the film they have characters who would be interesting if they really had something to do and fit more into the film.

Nicholas Cage gives a great performance and this film is practically a one man show. As he is a live wire from beginning to end. Now knowing that his character is on legal and illegal medication most of the film. It strikes me as odd that none of his co-workers think that he is on high on illegal substances considering how jumpy he is and always seems to be on. I only wish the film could be as off the wall and entertaining as his performance.

The film is missing interesting scenes and a good story to keep interest up. I guess the lack of these things gives the film and cage more free reign to maneuver. I like the films divergences with the trippy iguana and alligator scenes. But even with that the film lacks Director Herzog’s amazingly surreal images. It lacks his visual appeal. It’s a thriller that never feels suspenseful nor dramatic.

One scene Puzzles me as to why are mobsters always philosophers when threatening people. Yet the film still has some tricks up it’s sleeve to preserve it and save it. Especially when things look like they will be going for a storybook ending.
The actor Xzibit laughs so much in this film as a drug kingpin half the time I just think it is his natural reaction to cage’s performance.

The film is one of Herzog’s recent stabs more into the mainstream genre of cinema this and RESCUE DAWN may be an attempt to make mainstream movies that make money so that he can fund his films that more fit his interests.

The film feels like what I would never describe a Herzog film as dull. It seems small potatoes compared to the things we know he is capable of as a director.

It’s worth watching only for Nicholas Cage’s performance really.