Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on February 2010
It’s always nice to see Nicolas Cage take a break from those crappy action movies to do some of his ferocious, over-the-top acting. And he puts in a career best here in Werner Herzog’s pulpy remake of Abel Ferrara’s 1993 classic. He plays a magnificently unhinged NOPD cop just after Katrina. He’s a drug addict, a gambler, a thief, and even a rapist. The tension ratchets up as his situation spirals ever downward. There’s a plot, but it’s secondary to the film’s fever-dream feel, and you’re not going to believe me, but this darkly comic little jewel is actually great fun to watch.