In a performance that nabbed him an Independent Spirit Award, Harvey Keitel plays the titular “bad lieutenant,” a philandering, drug-addicted New York City detective who seeks personal and spiritual redemption as he investigates the rape of a young nun.
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Surprisingly reflective in its editing and camera placement, given how it deals with the total collapse of a human being, and all the wild gambling, crime scene interference, line snorting, smacking up, and nun rape that comes along for the ride. It feels like another film wants to break out, but it's a Taxi Driver for a world stripped of the cold comfort of even redemption through cathartic violence, and that'll do.
A film of extreme violence stark, explicit and straight. The deconstruction of the man himself completely, exposing all his misfortunes and leading him to a descent into hell. Funny how this movie remember Mean Streets, the conflict between the "religion" and the law of the streets and life in the world of men, but is as something that i once heard, Ferrara is a "Scorsese without a condom."