Everything about Werner Herzog’s Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans has led me to write if off as a lamebrain project up until now. First off, it’s borrowing a title from Abel Ferrara’s stellar case study in drug-induced psychosis, 1992’s Bad Lieutenant. Herzog is dubbing it as an indirect sequel/reboot, taking the central premise of “shady law officer on a delinquent downward spiral” and relocating from Manhattan to New Orleans, with a plan to shoot future installment in a different major cities. Not the worst idea ever, but then he cast Nicolas Cage, a decision that nearly sunk the ship. Cage hasn’t made a great movie since…..2005’s The Weather Man? Then it was said that the film is to co-star Xzibit, and Val Kilmer. Not exactly a Murderer’s Row of hot actors.
Yet, something out of the blue has taken place. After watching this unintentionally-leaked trailer for Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans, I’m suddenly interested. In fact, I think the film could turn out to be deliciously sleazy and bent. Cage comes off much funnier than expected, and the bits with the iguanas and the soul “still in the room” left me grinning.
Fuck, now I have to anticipate this one. [Trailer after the jump]: