Eva Mendez has curves that make dresses look prettier, so when I hear of her in a movie I tend to at least pause. Also thanks to Doug’s fanatical following of one Werner Herzog I tend to wonder when I hear Herzog’s name is attached to something too.
And lastly, falling from grace but still an actor I try to pay attention to Nic Cage makes me perk up too. So imagine how much attention I have in a reimagining of Bad Lieutenant that has all three of these people together in one film?
The 1992 original film starred Harvey Keitel as a corrupt cop investigating a nun’s rape. It was produced by Edward R. Pressman and directed by Abel Ferrara from a screenplay by Ferrara and Zoe Lund.
Billy Finkelstein wrote the updated version, and Pressman is producing alongside Stephen Belafonte. Alan and Gabe Polsky also produce.
I hesitate to get excited about this news as the last time Mendez and Cage locked in a film (Ghost Rider) it didn’t turn out so well. Mendez is getting jobs purely because she’s smokin hot. I don’t care for her acting much at all. Keep in mind that the secondary in the original Bad Lieutenant was a nun. Eva Mendez wearing the habit might cause many people to rush off to confession.
Cage used to be at the top of my list, and though I still have a soft spot for him, he has been pretty hit or miss in the last decade. However Cage plays flawwed vulnerability like a harp. And the role he is playing is a New York City police detective, with a serious drug and gambling addiction.
And lastly, this ‘reimagining’ tries to dodge the “remake” bullet but it will still be judged accordingly and it falls short of the time frame. I might be in denial about the date, but 1992 wasn’t so long ago.