"If evil was an opera it would look like this.In Nicholas Cage Herzog found somebody he could be mutually agitated with.You can project all madness onto Cage’s countenance.Throw in drugs,hell he’s already done alcohol,and you are away,throw in New Orleans with its wild convoluted otherness( post-Katrina) as far from East Coast WASP values and the Catholic guilt of the 1st Bad Lieutenant.Tell Herzog you have to call the film Bad Lieutenant if you want to make this film.He countered with ‘Port of Call’ as an add-on.Herzog threw in his iguanas and alligators,saw the film through their eyes-watch out they bite!
Herzog has made his docu-films on the wilderness in the Antartic and the man who got eaten by bears.He was offered this American film and brought to it his obsessions and preoccupations.
The character is called ‘bad’ so lets make him bad.He is dealing with outsiderdom of Cage and
prostitute girlfriend,of the African family who get murdered.There is a mad glee in Cage’s pursuit of
this case,his blatant disregard for rules,his girlfriend is a working prostitute,who smokes dope;
Cage has sex with people he’s investigating on drugs offences;he smokes crack,sniffs cocaine;
threatens old ladies with guns.How is it Cage does all this and yet keeps you engaged:is he a cartoon,is he riffing like a jazz musician?The film craclkes with a kind of alien energy and mad logic.Cage’s character came to drugs through presciption medication for his back don’t you know
in rescuing a drowning man in a prison.this same man now redeemed with a job comes back and
saves him and they sit infront of an aquarium where sharks are swimming.Is Cage Klaus Kinski 2?"