Other than its name,
this has nothing to do with the Harvey Keitel police drama where he
showed off his junk. Nicolas Cage is at his gonzo best as Terence, a
New Orleans cop who, after getting injured on duty, suffers from major
back pain. He gets addicted to various painkillers and drugs, and this
starts to have a nasty effect on his daily routine. Cage makes up for
all the crap he’s participated in over the last five years,
giving his best performance of the decade. Director Werner Herzog gives
Cage many moments to go bat shit, and Cage does this with glee. His
stare down with a couple of iguanas is a classic. Eva Mendes,
Cage’s costar in Ghost Rider, is very good as
Terence’s hooker girlfriend, while Xzibit gets his best acting
work yet as a drug dealer. One of this year’s craziest movies,
and a nice chance for Cage to show he hasn’t lost any of his
ability to create off-the-wall characters.

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