Many viewers will call the plot of Repo Men just plain silly and many critics already have. Indeed the idea of a corporation reclaiming life-saving organ transplants from its constituencies who cannot keep up with the payments sounds more like a fun plot than one to be taken seriously. But the reality is that there is more science than fiction in this sci-fi flick. Mechanical organs for humans may not yet be owned, but human genes are. And, somewhat similar to The Union – the privatized organs company in Repo Men – gene patent holders can prohibit a person from receiving treatment for a privatized gene from anyone other than the patent holder.
So yeah, this is serious business, and it is happening right now. So I don't blame myself too much for going into Repo Men with the expectation that the movie might address the gravity of a present and future where my body becomes the property of a company. Sure, I expected all the usual visual and audio fluff of a Hollywood action film, but I was also hoping to get even just a wee bit of brains with the usual brawn. Not happening. The Director, Miguel Sapochnik, decides that what audiences wants is surgical close-ups, bloody zoom-ins, high caffeinated movements, a rushed plot and a music video soundtrack. Who knows, he's probably right. Movies aren't made for movie going audiences anymore and Repo Men is a movie that has both fingers crossed, hoping that in six months it will be reincarnated into a kewl video game. It doesn't realize that it's already is one. At least, that's what it felt like I was watching.
So the video ga -- er movie, is about two Repo's who work for the afore mentioned Union Corporation who lend out $600,000 artificial organs to people who probably only make about $60,000. That's just my guess, because we never really get to meet or care about any of the people who get Repo'd. Okay, there's two exceptions. The first is the RZA from Wu Tang, whose quiet resignation to his doomed fate was one of the few high points in this movie. The second person to be repo'd is our main character Remy, a Born Again RepoMan. The emotional connection I made with the RZA was hard to muster up for Remy because, up until his heart replacement surgery, he's laughing alongside his pathological friend Jake at the begging and pleading of their victims. Oh yeah, that was another problem I had with this flick – and I'm not giving away anything here that wasn't already in the trailer – Jake is the guy who has to repo his friend, Remy. Problem is, Jake is so perpetually manic and unfeeling that it's hard to believe that the friendship between these men can go any deeper than the 12oz beers that they're drinking.
The irony of all my demands for a movie with heart, is that in the end, I was as cold and unfeeling as the two main characters: I really didn't give two shiznits about what happened to who. I was even desensitized to the excessive violence. In fact... mid way through, I began enjoying the violence. Craving it. My body hair began to grow at an exponential rate. My mouth began to drool. My eyes glowed in the dark. I became increasingly disinterested in my popcorn and more interested in the unsuspecting person in front of me. I could smell his blood, his flesh. I revealed my unusually long nails. I pounced...
Whoa! Sorry about that. Guess someone repo'd my soul. Dumb films have a way of doing that.
** out of **** "Repo Men" is a movie that treats gore like an everyday necessity. The film is a celebration of blood, organs, and repossession involving both; which makes it a somewhat interesting movie. If you like gore, then you've got gore. But for once, this is a gory film that is not a horror movie. It is, instead, a work of science fiction. It's not insulting to the genre, although by the end, I couldn't help but wonder if the screenwriters took their script seriously. … more
Wouldn't it be wonderful if we were able to replace vital organs as needed with no complications? Who wouldn't want to be able to see better, hear farther, live longer, ease the burden of things like Alzheimer's from our loved ones? But nothing comes free, right? In today's consumer-driven society, people generally appear to have great difficult grasping the difference between "necessity" and "desire". However, you better be very clear in your own mind about what both of those things mean to you, … more
Title seem familiar? That’s because director Miguel Sapochnik’s “REPO MEN” is based on the novel "Repossession Mambo". It is unrelated yet may be seen as a movie closely related to the 2008 musical entitled “Repo Men: The Genetic Opera” which covers the premise of 'repossessing artificial' organs but instead delivers the idea with great vocals and musical talent that was also based on that novel. Truth be told, I am not exactly fond of … more
When it comes to blood and guts I have a relatively high tolerance level. I can handle quite a bit before I start to squirm in my seat, but Repo Men hits that tolerance level within the first five minutes and does not let up. It rips and tears at your insides, slashing, pulling and tugging and just when you think you're about to get a break it starts all over again. I feel like Universal took a chance with this film, and about half way through either didn't like … more
This film really didn't work for me. The script lacks any originality and takes a concept that was done to death in far better films and novels and tries to add in a bit of action and social commentary. Well, it got the action part right, but that's about it. While Jude Law makes for an interesting antihero, his character isn't sympathetic enough and his redemption is based out of selfishness and not true altruism. The story itself is full of plotholes and the twist ending is almost … more
Pros: thought provoking, interesting tale, good cast Cons: potentially disorienting, depressing or off-putting to viewers The Bottom Line: Entertaining, but does not fulfill its potential Wouldn't it be wonderful if we were able to replace vital organs as needed with no complications? Who wouldn't want to be able to see better, hear farther, live longer, ease the burden of things like Alzheimer's from our loved ones? But nothing … more
REPO MEN may be worthy of a bit of interest in the novel form 'The Repossession Mambo' by Eric Garcia (who co-wrote the script with Garrett Lerner), but as a film it is simply silly. After about fifteen minutes into the movie the greatest temptation is to turn it off, but since it is paid for you sit through it, hoping that it will have some redeeming graces. Mistake. Directed by neophyte Miguel Sapochnik whose credits are in art direction, the film for some reason has a number … more
In 2025, a corporation called The Union has perfected the creation of artificial organs, which have replaced organ transplants. A potential customer can apply for an organ, which are sold on credit, usually with a large interest rate attached. If the customer is unable to maintain payments after three months, a repo-man is sent to the customer to reclaim their property. The process of the repossession is brutal, and often results in the death of the customer.