A degenerate police lieutenant with no redeeming qualities
Mar 6, 2009
'Bad Lieutenant' is about a nameless police lieutenant and his degenerate lifestyle. The movies starts with him dropping his sons off at school, then snorting coke in the school parking lot before beginning his day. The storyline is a basically loose, as far as plot, the film consists mostly of scenes of the lieutenant's degeneration. The major plot of the movie is a new crime he's assigned to; the destruction of a catholic church along with the raping of one of the nuns. (Warning - the scene is graphic) Most of the movie is taken up by highlighting the horrible habits of the nameless lieutenant.
He drinks, he smokes, he snorts cocaine, he smokes and shoots heroin, he gambles, he steals drugs from police evidence, he takes money from thieves and lets them go, he sexually harasses young girls he pulls over (another graphic scene) he gets involved in threesomes (Warning: there's a full frontal shot of Harvey Keitel that is not only unnecessary but quite disgusting - Please Harvey - it's not worth showing - put it away and keep it there) and he treats everyone, even his family, with contempt.
The nun case haunts him; she refuses to identify the men who raped her even while admitting she knows who they are. Even with all of the lieutenant's pleading she says she's forgiven them and refuses to divulge their names. The lieutenant simply cannot understand her forgiveness, and it sends him into an even deeper spiral trying to understand her. It's obvious that he's fighting with his own Catholic upbringing and rejection of his faith.
Our nameless lead character has absolutely no redeeming qualities whatsoever. Long scenes are spent on his debauchery and perversions. His breakdown in the church where he finds himself wailing and pleading with a hallucination of Christ is almost, but not quite, touching. His is the bottom rung of life, the deepest of rock bottom, and the movie is very depressing for it. The ending is a little surprising. Don't expect a great movie, the photography isn't very high quality, but Keitel does a great job of acting. This is one of the most depressing movies I've ever seen, and again I must warn against the graphic nature of the film, both sexually and drug related. Still, it's worth a peek if your in the mood. Enjoy!
Bad Lieutenant has to be one of Abel Ferrara's most misunderstood film. The movie's filled with Catholic guilt and soul searching. It's about a corrupt soul seeking a way to find redemption and to enter the after world with a clear conscience. Made for nearly next to nothing, Abel Ferrara and Harvey Keitel make one of the most moving films you'll ever see. Harvey Keitel stars as the title character. A corrupt police officer who dwells in his excesses. A man who has hit rock … more
I want to thank Everyone for welcoming me back! :) I'm here to stay folks, my sabbatical on writing reviews is over and I'll continue to review for Lunch. It's great to be back, too! Thanks again for … more
Consider the Source
Use Trust Points to see how much you can rely on this review.
Starring Harvey Keitel, Victor Argo, Paul Calderon, Leonard L. Thomas Director: Abel Ferrera Writer: Paul Calderon 1992
Product Description He's a gambler...a thief...a junkie...a killer and a cop. Now he is investigating the most shocking case of his life and as he moves closer to the truth his self-destructive past is closing in.System Requirements:Starring Harvey Keitel Leonard Thomas Paul Calderone Paul Hipp Victor Argo Victoria Bastel Zoe Tamerlis Directed by Abel Ferrara Running time: 96 minutes Copyright Artisan EntertainmentFormat: DVD MOVIE Genre: ACTION/ADVENTURE Rating: NC-17 UPC: 012236114307 Manufacturer No: 11430