As everybody else, I had my doubts about this movie, since the original was a fucking masterpiece. But the new title, cast and director looked promising. And they kept their promise. This is not a remake of the original but an entirely new movie that builds its own world in the swampy and decayed New Orleans. Drugs, extortion and murders are pretty usual in this environment. After reading this, you are probably wondering why the fuck did they had to do a remake? This movie would be better on its own, without any ties to the 1992 masterpiece. Even the director, Werner Herzog said that he never saw the original movie and that he doesn’t even know who Abel is. This was after Abel called them all idiots and asked Cage how he has the nerve to play Harvey Keitel.
Terence McDonagh is a detective with a few problems that he can`t seem to shake, and those problems involve drugs, gambling and all the other fun stuff. After the vicious drug related murder of an entire family, his life will slowly start to get more and more complicated, ultimately creating a total chaos. Nicolas Cage was usually great, a perfect man for the roll with the support from beautiful Eva Mendes. And we cannot forget MILF Jennifer Coolidge forever remembered as Stifler’s mom. Herzog’s style of directing really brought up all the filth in everything from humans to objects. Although it does not follow the usual storyline it ends with a certain question mark, making us wonder what are the next adventures of this interesting detective.
Director: Werner Herzog
Cast: Nicolas Cage, Val Kilmer, Eva Mendes, Jennifer Coolidge, Xzibit, Brad Dourif
Fun Stuff: Nicolas Cage actually snorted baby powder for the cocaine scenes.
IMDb Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1095217/