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“Right now, I’m working on about 1½ hours sleep over the past 3 days, and I’m still trying to be courteous.” [McDonagh]
on 1 May 2016
In this 2009 crime drama Terence McDonagh (Nicolas Cage) is a New Orleans Cop and a loose cannon with attitude but suffers a serious back injury, resulting in him becoming addicted to painkillers, cocaine and cannabis. Assigned to investigate a murder where five illegal immigrants from Senegal were executed, but it soon becomes apparent that they were involved in the drugs trade. With his own supply drying up and a host of other issues, how will he deal with it all?
McDonagh is rapidly descending into his own personal hell, becoming more unhinged and evil at each turn as his reality becomes even more blurred and his world crashes in on him. Superb acting, good dialogue, a steady pace and plenty of suspense as events close in on him and well aided by the support cast.
The single disc plays 3 trailers before offering play, scene selection, special features [interviews, making of] and English hard of hearing [click to turn on]. The film focuses on a corrupt cop who gambles, takes drugs, steals and habitually threatens people, swears profusely and uses extortion and violence, yep it’s a definite 18 rating but the only nudity is bare bottom or inexplicit ‘glamour’ type photos and the violence is mainly after the fact. Highly entertaining and with a dark humour throughout, this is easily recommended.