He freaks out good about 15 minutes into the movie so I’m happy. You can see the back pain in every stance or posture Cage assumes. The case is just busy work but it’s a vehicle to watch Cage perform. He makes every scene dynamic. He even changes his voice as the character’s lack of sleep progresses.
There are some great F’ed up scenes. His corrupt tactics are very entertaining. The movie comes up with some outrageous depravity, not for any graphic nature but for the implications of what he’s doing. Then there’s a random weird vision he has. I like that too.
The perps seem a little more real than in other cop movies. They’re unfamiliar faces at least, though still way prettier than scumbags probably look in real life. The lieutenant actually handles his sh*t with tough guys, displaying intelligent orchestration of criminal elements.
I don’t know why the opening credits call it The Bad Lieutenant. That’s not the name of the movie. Maybe it’s because he was actually a good sergeant before he became a bad lieutenant, despite messing with a prisoner.
The little tidbits of post Katrina circumstances are interesting. The specifics of New Orleans are cool, with reptiles on the street. Then there’s Werner Herzog’s weird nature shots. Whatever.
It seems perfectly valid to me to follow a new bad lieutenant. At least there’s no B.S. crisis of faith this time. This one has a delightfully F’ed up resolution and ending. It may be a tad too long and wears thin in parts, but what a show. The plot may drag a little bit but then he pulls some sh*t with an old lady.