Repo Men Reviews
Released in 2010, after the latest financial meltdown ravaged the U.S. economy, Repo Men is a satire clearly aimed at American big business, equating their greedy foreclosures with stealing people's lifeblood. It's clever, and the novel on which this film is based probably works better, but as a film, the exposition is entirely too long. Also, the characters degrade into gangster film cliches. Remy has the disapproving wife and innocent child, and he eventually grows a conscience about his work (but seems to have no problem with the blood-letting of his former co-workers), and Jake is as gung-ho as ever. We've seen these characters in many genres, and the concept doesn't do enough to set them apart.
Other reviewers have revealed that there's a twist ending, so I'm able to say that I liked it without giving it away.
Overall, there's a lot to like about the concept and the story here, but the characters remain types, not unique or fleshed-out people.
The only thing I didn't really like was the ending. It started out pretty good, but once the credits role, me and my younger brother were pretty confused. My suggestion: Fast forward the last scene and look it up on Wikipedia, it's a lot easier. It is one of the worst endings I have ever seen ever. Seriously. Ever.
Besides that, it was all in all pretty good. The script was amazing to say the least. There were at least like 12 memorable lines in this one, most of them coming from Jude Law's character (Remy).
The acting was really good too. Forest Whitaker and Law do a very good job as the leads, putting a lot of energy into their roles without over acting. Liev Schreiber did a fantastic job as Remy and Jake's (Whitaker) despicable boss. As for Alice Braga? She was solid, but not spectacular. Ask me, they should have used Mila Kunis instead.
The character development is really something special. Remy is a "Repo Man" which means he retrieves, often violently, artificial organs from customers who can't pay for them. However, when he get's one he can't afford, he must go into hiding, while protecting another person carrying organs she can't afford. His development through out the movie is really something special. Jake is also very developed. He is Remy's partner who is stuck between following the orders of his boss, and therefore killing his best friend, or protecting Remy from a terrible fate.
The fight sequences, particularly the last one before the ending, are very, VERY well choreographed. Much better than what I expected from a movie like this.
Over all, I found this a really, really good movie. For once, my brother was right. It was even better than "True Grit" in my opinion.
The film's poster further belies the book's intent; showing the two main characters, Jude Law and Forest Whittaker in an action pose carrying big, scary looking guns - which I assume was the studio's idea of selling this film to young teen boys. This is unfortunate, for the futuristic story is not really about that, but a social commentary on corporate greed knowing no bounds.
At the core is that age old morality tale - a Judgment At Nuereburg dilemma - "I was just doing my job" being the mantra towards any job where there exists a certain moral murkiness. This theme is a tired one and here comes off a bit heavy handed, even when hidden within the futuristic society bent, which suffers from a gaping hole of implausibility, regardless of the intended jab at corporate greed.
The film craft on display here is apt enough - good acting from the leads and especially Live Schreiber as the slimey boss of the corporation; and while I admit that the script has a certain glibness to it, I couldn't help but think that this film tried to cover too many bases and suffered for it.
I must also mention that the film has a rather inventive twist to it, which you may or may not find amusing. I felt that it fit the tone of the film, but like the rest of the film, felt uneasy about it; not sure if it was intended all along or a simple tag line device, done for no other reason than it could be done.
In the end I was mildly entertained by this, but was plagued by a nagging thought that something was somehow missing.
In the end, the film just doesn't leave much of an impression and although the premise is somewhat original the Scifi themes that come along aren't explored rendering the experience down.
There's also a clear over emphasis on action and sex appeal with a story that for the most part, is character driven. What the hell?
Just a combination of poor choices. :[
The story has a poor description of this futuristic society, where a corporation has the power of God, tricking clients and using abusive means to retrieve the prostheses from those that do not pay the bill. When we see the line of production, it is hard to believe that the prostheses are so expensive that the company needs to retrieve them. If the intention is to intimidate the clients to pay, this type of marketing would never work. Therefore, the principle of the story is stupid and contradictory.
Remy and Jake, childhood buddies, are a team, ex-Army trained Repo Men who live and breathe the job. Until Remy's family life begins to strain because of his work overload, and after a near fatal accident, Remy is implanted with an artificial heart, which changes his perspective forever. Unable to continue as a Repo Man, and with no other qualifications, Remy himself is soon in arrears and then becomes a target.
Hmmm... a twisted personal, narrated story, with a not-so interesting twist in the end which didnt leave much to be desired, the action though is bloody and brutal, its funny seeing Law and Whitaker kicking ass and taking names, when proven action star Liev Schriber (the best thing about the movie) is on the side giving a good performance as a "suit" - maybe he and Whitaker should have had a role reversal. I think it was a serious miscast, a movie trying to be< in essence, like Minority Report, Paycheck or Blade Runner in spirit, but different enough to stand out... but fails. Nothing seemed to be inspiring or entertaining, and its easy to get lost in the mumble and jumble.
Anyways.... avoidance is my advice.
Set in the near future when artificial organs can be bought on credit, it revolves around a man who struggles to make the payments on a heart he has purchased. He must therefore go on the run before said ticker is repossessed.
Disjointed, violent sci-fi suspenser set in the near future (natch) about a system of repossession men who do just that to those who've missed payments on their new organs/health related surgeries (i.e. they surgically remove whatever has not been paid off yet!) Paging Philip K. Dick in this scattershot hybrid of Total Recall, Blade Runner and Minority Report with Law even echoing his android from AI as the repo man who literally has a change of heart when he finds himself the hapless recipient of a techno-ticker. Bloody to a fault is one thing but the convoluted plottings by Eric Garcia (based on his novel "The Repossession Mambo") and Garrett Lerner runs on fumes by the final act and Miguel Sapochnik's muddled direction doesn't help - but kudos to recognizing Monty Python's Meaning of Life segment featuring "We're here for your liver" segment, even if it's just on a TV screen the main characters are enjoying.