After Katrina, police sergeant Terence McDonagh rescues a prisoner, hurts his back in the process and earns a promotion to lieutenant plus an addiction to cocaine and painkillers. Six months later, a family is murdered over drugs; Terence runs the investigation. His drug-using prostitute girlfriend, his alcoholic father's dog, run-ins with two old women and a well-connected john, gambling losses, a nervous young witness, and thefts of police property put Terence's job and then his life in danger. He starts seeing things. He wants a big score to get out from under mounting debts, so he joins forces with drug dealers. The murders remain unsolved. A bad lieutenant gets worse. Written by
For the bet on the "Lousiana"-Texas game, Louisiana is a 6 point favorite and McDonagh is betting ON Louisiana which means he expects them to win by MORE than 6 points, not less. Had he wanted the score to be less than a 6 point spread he would have bet on Texas. See more »
BAD LIEUTENANT: PORT OF CALL NEW ORLEANS, started off as a type of cop thriller based in New Orleans following the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina
Nicholas Cage (Raising Arizona, Face Off, Con Air) plays dirty cop Terence McDonagh investigating the murder of an immigrant family who were involved with drugs, his life takes a turn for the worse when injuring his back whilst saving the life of a prisoner his injuries giving him so much pain that he turns to stealing drugs from criminals to feed his constantly growing habit
This film lost it's way early on in the story and never recovered in that every time that the tension built up to a climax the director would go off on some zany weird tangent that had nothing to do with the story trying, but failing to emulate the style of the Coen brothers.
Ultimately this was a very poorly directed movie that didn't know where it was going or what it was trying to achieve, and a surprising bad film from quite a revered Director Werner Herzog
Although it should be said that there was such a strong cast and noteworthy performances by Eva Mendes (Frankie Donnenfield) as the love interest, Brad Dourif (Ned Schoenholtz) as a bookie, Jennifer Coolidge (Genevieve) as the Mother and Val Vilmer (Stevie Pruit) as the violent cop there was really nothing that could save this film.
With the twists and turns in the plot this film could have gone in any of ten directions and I'm pretty sure that any of the other nine directions would have made a better movie.
The title of the movie suggests that this is one of a series of BAD LIEUTENANT films - Note to self: Don't bother watching any more of this series
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