Cage plays a rogue detective who is as devoted to his job as he is at scoring drugs — while playing fast and loose with the law. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina he becomes a high-functioning addict who is a deeply intuitive, fearless detective reigning over the ruins of New Orleans with authority and abandon. Complicating his tumultuous life is the prostitute he loves (played by Eva Mendes). The result is a singular masterpiece of filmmaking: equally sad and manically humorous. Bad Lieutenant benefits from Werner Herzog’s typically fearless direction and a delightfully unhinged Nicolas Cage in the title role. Watch the trailer.