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 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, as well as possessing a definitive understanding of exactly what you are willing to pay to fulfill either. You better be able to pay in full too, or at the very least, keep up your payments faithfully. Because in this subtly dystopian future, The Union will send repo men to reclaim their products if you don't!
Remy (Jude Law) and his best friend Jake (Forest Whitaker) were soldiers once. Perhaps that made it too easy for them to make the transition into the private sector as repossession agents for The Union. Repo men once recognized by the general public, are most definitely viewed with a fearful respect that is anything but flattering. In fact, this biased view of a jaded society is not only causing Remy to doubt his career choice, it is seriously upsetting the happy apple cart of his marriage.
Still, repossessing the mechanical hearts, livers, eyes, and other essential bits manufactured and sold at exorbitant rates to a mostly willing public is better than trying to finesse a reluctant customer into signing the purchasing contract, isn't it? Those salesmen like Frank (Liev Schreiber), seem like heartless soulless demons devoted to the almighty dollar in comparison. From Remy's point of view, the people who sign those contracts are well aware of what they are getting into, and if they choose to break the law by not paying what is owed in a timely fashion, then surely it is his noble duty to enforce the law by reclaiming the company's property.
He can't understand why his job causes his wife such anxiety or inexplicable anger, or his son discomfort at school and disturbing dreams at night. It's just a job, right? Remy loves his family, but discovers that love isn't always enough to fix what's broken. Now that it's his name on the dotted line, will Remy get his priorities straight before a repo man shows up at his door?
Directed by Miguel Sapochnik, and written by Eric Garcia and Garret Lerner, this film provokes thought, and is complex enough to support multiple viewings. At a run time of 111 minutes, it can feel like it takes it's time getting to the point though, and some viewers will certainly feel as if "the point" becomes meaningless or over-developed as we watch the characters Remy and Jake take form.
If you don't read the subtle clues along the way correctly, the plot twist at the end is a good one. The fight scenes were quite well done and entertaining, if not terribly important to the story. Potentially humorous moments fall rather flat as these are not characters given easily to humor or an easy compatibility with their fellow man. Rated for mature audiences due to scenes of a graphic nature, sexual content, language, and violence, Repo Men's overall look is rather slick and edgy.
Ultimately I was entertained, but felt that the overall presentation lacks a few vital elements to really give soul to this work. The focus is so strongly riveted to the dissociative in society, and the tale itself rather choppily delivered, that I feel audiences might have difficulty associating with main characters or really caring about how the story will end. Repo Men is a subtly horrific sci-fi drama made more complete with thoughtful imput from the viewer.
Reminiscent of such works as Logan's Run, Running Man, Total Recall, The Matrix, and Repo! The Genetic Opera, Repo Men struggles to tell its own tale without feeling too much like some other work. This film displays the potentially bleak existence possible in a society driven by commercialism, trendy surgical upgrades, and unreasoning desire. This is not a happy tale, nor will love, unrequited or otherwise, conquer all. This is an unlikely romance between a man and the dream of what his life could become; a rather Gothic reminder that only death and taxes are true certainties in life, and all too often our greatest dreams become our worst nightmares.
Movie Mood: Serious Movie Viewing Method: Other Film Completeness: A few glitches, but mostly complete. Worst Part of this Film: Pacing
** 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
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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
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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
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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.