3 1/2 out of 5 stars. Nicolas Cage continues to surprise me in the oddest of ways with the most bizarre performances. Not as disturbing as Abel Ferrara's Bad Lieutenant but Cage's work in this movie is so hysterically out to lunch that it makes this movie not only watchable, but when combined with Herzog's style incredibly entertaining. Throw in some wonderfully odd casting & you've got a highly underrated movie.
Even with a bigger budget and a more traditional approach, Herzog's film still has all of his love for the absurd. Perhaps channeling Kinski, Nic Cage gives one of his best performances in years. He's just explosive, popping off the screen with thrilling energy. And how could one not help but love the reptile scenes? Plus, it's just one funny and entertaining film, but Herzog still finds room for transcendence.
Fuckin' Iguanas! Herzog directs with a crisp style reminiscent of classic Hollywood crime dramas; it contrasts well with detailed debauchery and edgy surrealism -- and of course, Cage is mesmerizing. Watching him stew and flinch in corners as the apocalyptic New Orleans' vivid residents bribe and dodge questions is thrilling. We know he could snap at any moment.
I can forgive Cage for all of the follies he gets himself into, when he finally does a film where I know he will knock it out of the park. Combining two madmen (Herzog and Cage) and you get an utter masterpiece of style and wackiness. The most overlooked film of 09, Cage should have been nominated for best actor, and Herzog director.
An inspired, nutty collaboration. It's interesting viewing McDonagh in the tradition of Herzog protagonists undone by nature and ambition, or iguanas and vice. Speaking of iguanas, while often unreal things (CGI) are used to create a "real" effect, Herzog uses real things to suggest the unreal. His willingness to linger a few beats longer shows sympathy for characters and subverts the film's "Law & Order" exterior.
Although I idolize the Ferrara/Keitel original, this is indeed a good one to its own accord. Cage, Kilmer and Mendes, not to mention the appearance of Balk and Dourif, create a variable to the New York mortality play that relies highly on style and story. All the same, Harvey Keitel still wins my heart over this one.
lunatic. That's one word best described this police drama. Everything from beginning, until the very end, were just so unpredictable and offering an awful lot of hilarious moments. And Nic Cage. He gaves what was possibly his best performance since Matchstick Man. His role as a fucked up super corrupt and amoral police lieutenant are just brilliant so overall, this is a film that stands above my expectation !
Herzog breathes strange new life into the tired rogue cop genre with this absurdist masterpiece that turns Hollywood cliches on their head with Herzog's trademark subtle surrealism. Nicolas Cage finally sets aside his annoying movie star persona and returns to form as a superb offbeat actor in one of his best performances, and he's backed by an impressive supporting cast. One of Herzog's best.