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This Lieutenant has a sweet, obliging sexpot girlfriend, enough to remind us that in his career, Herzog has not offered one interesting female character

Werner Herzog is still sometimes presented as a maverick and a wild man, the grizzly bear of the film world. But as he nears 70, resident of Los Angeles, I wonder what it is he thinks he's doing. The evidence most immediately to hand is his reimagining of Bad Lieutenant – New Orleans, and it's bad enough to raise many awkward questions. In 1992 – and to this day – Abel Ferrara's original Bad Lieutenant was hard to stomach, but a work of unquestioned daring and challenge. Harvey Keitel's protagonist was wretched and wracked, depraved yet driven by a warped dream of purity, and the world in which he existed was palpable and enough to make you crave a shower.

But Herzog's version is flimsy and spurious, and Nicolas Cage delivers an eccentric, »

- David Thomson

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