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Who's been a naughty boy then?

  • Sara Veal

    Contributor

Jakarta   /   Sun, February 7 2010   /  03:20 pm

Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans, German auteur Werner Herzog's gritty, surreal treatise on corruption and addiction, makes little attempt to win over its audience yet is strangely watchable, with a compelling anti-hero, absurd humor and lashings of suspense. The film, which superficially draws on Abel Ferrara's 1992 film of the same name, opens amid the chaos of 2005's Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, Louisiana. Police officers Terence McDonagh (Nicolas Cage) and partner Stevie Pruit (Val Kilmer) are taking the opportunity to cover up a recent act of corruption when they come across a convict drowning in a jail cell. The partners joke about letting him drown, but Terence decides to save him, garnering a back injury in the process, which the doctor later informs him will be permanent. Terence is promoted to lieutenant for his heroism. Six months on, he's as corrupt as ...