I’m still not quite sure what to make of this, but apparently it is our first look at what was originally supposed to be a remake of Abel Ferrara’s Bad Lieutenant. However, it now seems to be morphing into something else entirely and looks nothing like the original film… which kind of makes sense because director Werner Herzog claims he hasn’t even seen the original. Herzog calls it “a completely independent autonomous story”, and the new title, Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans seems to confirm that. So why even include the name Bad Lieutenant in there at all? I don’t get it.
At any rate, Nicolas Cage appears to be in rare form here, playing a crooked cop who is addicted to drugs and accepting sexual favours as bribes. I can see why people think he’s a bit over the top in the role, but this is the kind of quirky Nicolas Cage I enjoy seeing on screen. Yes it is funny, but in a surreal sort of way, I think it actually works. The movie also stars Eva Mendes, Val Kilmer, Xzibit, Jennifer Coolidge, and Brad Dourif among others. A lot of people are probably going to be quick to write this one off, but I think we can rest assured that Werner Herzog couldn’t care less what anyone thinks. Speaking about Cage’s performance, he is quoted as saying, “You will see something extraordinary when you see him on screen. It’s the best he’s ever done.” So there. Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans is expected to be released sometime in late 2009.