Director: Werner Herzog. Cast: Nicolas Cage, Eva Mendes, Val Kilmer, Fairuza Balk, Xzibit, Brad Dourif, Michael Shannon. 122 min. Rated R. Drama.
This is what happens when great directors fall prey to Hollywood. Why did Herzog even make this? Abel Ferrara's 1992 version of Bad Lieutenant was much more engaging, more well-acted, and definitely more brutal. Dealing with superstars like Cage or Kilmer is not Herzog territory (what was Kilmer even doing here?). Herzog has tried to make this boring cop movie interesting by inserting delusional images of crocodiles and iguanas (going along with his obsession with nature), but the story of a dirty cop with a conscience is not the place to play such art-house games. A useless effort gone awry.
(PS: It's official: any movie with Eva Mendes is bad.)