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
After blackmailing Renaldo Hayes and asking him to shave points in Lousiana's upcoming game with Texas, Terence meets with his bookie and bets on Lousiana - he should have said he was betting on Texas, which did end up being the winning bet. See more »
Different enough from the original to make it worthwhile
7.5/10. I set myself up to not like this, the original with Harvey Keitel had a lasting impression on me when I watched it all those years ago as a student. However, this version only very loosely resembles the original. I think this was a wise move, to try and re-create it would have been a travesty. Instead we get the role reinvented by Nicholas Cage, and it is a quite stunning performance. Totally OTT - the stoop is so bad I keep expecting Cage to launch into Ricarhd III at any moment, the way he refers to one of the drug gang as "G" followed by a snort several times is just comic genius. The scene in the retirement home left me open mouthed - I didn't know whether to laugh or be shocked, one of the most amazing single scenes in a film I've seen for a long, long time. There is comedy in this and it is no where near as dark as the original, in the end I wanted to hate the film, but I loved it!!
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