Bad Lieutenant offers a both a narrative and a theology of salvation. Both are focussed on the death of the Lieutenant at the end of the film. This essay traces these accounts of salvation and finds that they are both flawed, in nature and scope. These flaws derive from an exclusive focus on the death of the Lieutenant and the cross of Christ as the loci of salvation. The value of Ferrara's work is in the articulation of these flaws, as they point to dangers for Christian theology as it seeks to articulate the salvation offered by Christ.
Taylor, Simon J.
"'It all happens here:' Locating Salvation in Abel Ferrara's Bad Lieutenant,"
Journal of Religion & Film: Vol. 7
, Article 4.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.unomaha.edu/jrf/vol7/iss1/4