The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (2009)

Poor Lt. Terence McDonagh (Nic Cage), has a back problem, so he take a lot of pain killers for it.  Sometimes that doesn’t work, so once in a while he smokes crack, snorts heroin or does a shit load of coke.  He frequently shakes people down for their drugs, money, hand jibbers or resorts to stealing blow from the evidence room at work.  His girlfriend (Eva Mendez) is high-class whore and also has a bit of a drug problem, so they are a good match.  Terence is called to the scene of a 5-person murder, which was the result of some putz dealing drugs on someone elses turf; he devotes all of his non drug using time to solving the case.  When the legal system fails him by cutting the 3 suspects loose, he decides to take the law into his own hands, but ends up partnered with the murders/ drug dealers; giving them information that will help avoid getting them caught.  In exchange for that, they give him cash to pay off his huge gambling debts; and the money he owes the mob for roughing up one of his prostitute’s Johns who was a well-connected goomba.  As Terence falls deeper and deeper into a drug filled hole with these street thugs, you’d almost forget that he used to be a cop… but he didn’t forget.

Alex’s Thoughts:  I’ll start off by saying that I thought this was pretty good, despite what you are about to read.  The biggest issue I had with this movie (other than the way too long running  time) was some of the shots the director chose to use, specifically shots of reptiles that went on for several minutes and looked like they were shot with a shitty cell phone.  Maybe I missed something, but that seems unnecessary and I didn’t understand a damn thing about it; and it seemed to mess up the pacing a lot.  I also didn’t understand why Nic Cage sort of stepped in and out of this weird accent  where he looked and sounded like he recently had a stroke.  Those issues aside, it was a good cop drama with a good plot twist near the end.  Alex Rates This Movie 7/10

Tim’s Thoughts: I don’t know how I feel about this movie, it was pretty interesting and it held my attention. On the other hand, Cage was in and out of a weird voice, and  the ending just wrapped up too neatly. Doesn’t have the punch of the original Bad Lieutenant, which is really hard to watch at times, but still not a bad flick. Very watchable, but I am not sure what else….seemed to be a morality tale with little to nor morals.Tim Rates This Movie 6/10

What can I say, he loves to get high.  That doesn’t mean he stopped being a cop.”

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