Aroview: Werner Herzog's spin on the 1992 bad-boy classic delights in seeing a pasty, middle-aged Nicolas Cage cracking up (in all three meanings of the term) as he investigates the slaying of immigrants in post-Katrina New Orleans.
Touted as neither a sequel nor a remake, this represses the tortured Catholicism and sordidness of Abel Ferrara's original to instead deliver a peyote-laced amorality tale that keenly taps in to Cage's natural propensity for black comedy. Alternately conventional and playfully perverse, it's frankly such a bizarre career move for the great German director, one wonders whether the on-screen crack-pipes were handed round at pre-production stage.
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4 stars (Very Good) Cage brings a raw, dark, and often humorous desperation to his descent into addiction and madness that is reminiscent of his earlier 'Leaving Las Vegas'. Treading a fine line between amoral and immoral, we're never sure whether to love or hate him.~Tom H