German director Werner Herzog shifts away from brooding documentaries for a stab at re-imagining Abel Ferrara's 1992 cult classic 'Bad Lieutenant.' With Nicholas Cage in the lead role, Herzog's cumbersomely-titled 'Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans' is set amid post-Katrina chaos and tells the story of a drug-addicted cop with a prostitute girlfriend (Eva Mendes), who spends the film battling demons personal, criminal and imaginary. Critics are praising Cage's performance for harnessing the intensity of his early work, and Herzog for his deliberate, playful direction that, in spite of the film's churning emotional core, has fleeting moments of black comedy.
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