Werner Herzog, perhaps better known for his brilliant documentaries and off-the-wall movies has produced a film that manages to rock the cop genre completely off its hinges. "Herzog, directing a cop movie?" I hear you cry; and not just any old cop movie, but a very good one.
Cage plays the titular Lieutenant with enough sazzle and panache as to warrant an Oscar nod, and be the odds-on favourite to boot. His drug-addled descent into chaos is simply awesome, and the fact that this druggy existence was born from a moment of compassion resulting in a back injury makes it all the more genius - exactly the kind of thing you'd expect from Herzog.
Cage's performance aside, the film manages to throw in some bizarrely obscure moments, including a soul breakdancing into the afterlife and a strangely intimate close-up of an iguana and bearded dragon, just chilling during a stake-out. Also, who else but Herzog would decide to throw in some camerawork from the view of a roadside alligator, watching the baffling humans as they stand over his dead friend in the middle of a Louisianan highway?
This film not only toys with the viewer's expectations, but instead enhances them, making you wish more films had this director's courage to throw some much-needed curve balls into an established genre. The Bad Lieutenant: Port Of Call New Orleans might not only be Herzog's best film to date, but also Cage's, delivering the performance of his career.