Wow.... Where do I start with this....
The story is straight forward... we follow the exploits of a shady New Orleans cop, Terence McDonagh, post Hurricane Katrina as he investigates the brutal murder of five Senegalese immigrants, and the corrupt and sometimes disturbing depths he would go to, to make the ultimate bust...
Ok, now take that straight forward story, and inject a bit of Nick Cage into it, and that story quickly goes from a simple cop-thriller, to an…
Pungent and dry like the sticky sweaty, seedy underbelly of some aquatic roadkill that's been sitting on the tarmac, beneath the sun too long.
Not nearly as outrageous as I expected it to be considering the legacy the title carries. If anything, it's timid at least compared to my wilder imagination. I was prepared for sadism but I got a lot more sympathy instead the more gradually addiction took over this film.
It winds up somewhere between a procedural and…
"SHOOT HIM AGAIN!"
"HIS SOUL IS STILL DANCING, HAHAHAHA"
This film reminds you that Nicolas Cage really can act. He crosses back and forth over the line several times making you wonder if he is an anti-hero or simply a depraved villain. The rest of the cast give excellent performances as well.
Being a Louisiana native, I appreciate the heavy usage of location shooting.
I'm new to Herzog only having seen this, Cave of Forgotten Dreams, and Rescue Dawn. Due to this I'm sure I'm still not fully appreciating everything he is putting on the screen. I plan to delve further into his filmography.
A bad-cop character study with Cage really Cageing it up, this shares a little creative DNA with the Abel Ferrara movie but I think it's mostly just a wallow in similar murk that couldn't get away from that title.
Werner Herzog doesn't always keep his eye on the ball; he clearly never really cared about resolving the big grotesque mystery that drives much of the story, and there are a couple of suddenly cheap-looking sequences where Herzog just shoves his…
I misjudged the film's use of New Orleans the first time I saw the film; it may function mostly like the location for a TV movie (or show) but it is still quite beautiful and unique. Second time around Cage's performance shines all the more. One of the best movies of the year, no doubt.
This was outstanding, albeit not quite in the same league as the Abel Ferrara classic from a generation prior.
Still, a wonderful cinematically exciting experience, to see Werner Herzog riffing along the same vibe. Nicolas Cage is easily this generation's most Klaus Kinski-esque actor--in that, I mean 'mania' fused with thespianial acumen.
I only wish Herzog would make Cage a similar muse, and fuse every single script he comes across with Cage's rare intensity and accomplished skill-set.
I've never seen Cage better - he's the right selection for the part. The highlight is when he tells another character to calm down - that knocked me back a bit.
This is Werner Herzog's snappily titled remake of the 1992 Abel Ferrara film, which I haven't seen, and neither had Herzog when he made this. He claims he just liked the name. Surely it's not a remake then, anyway, he managed to tag five extra words on the end so clearly wasn't that fussed about the (now rather cumbersome) title. If you are unfamiliar with Herzog's eccentricities, just type into your preferred search engine 'Werner Herzog eats his shoe.'
Nicolas Cage Monday #4
Just hilarious, I don't even know.
(6/8 is "Good")
This is a definitely a Herzog film... I'm not quite sure what the structure is, it's not obvious whether many of the elements really work in the film's favor, but it is interesting. And who better to lead this irrational curiosity then Nicholas Cage?
Cage gives one of the best performances you'll ever see in Herzog's nightmare crime film. Carefully performed, it's as though he's transposed Richard III into pulp scansion, down to the hunched back. It's deeply funny and viscerally unsettling in equal measure, and with a supporting cast that gives a pitch-perfect story structure extra legs, I feel confident saying this is one of the absolute great crime films.
If you don't believe me, watch it again and tell me your soul doesn't start dancing.