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Repo Men has an intriguing premise, as well as a likable pair of leads, but they're wasted on a rote screenplay, indifferent direction, and mind-numbing gore.
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This was too long, mean, and gory for me, though the satirical gloss and well-executed trick ending will probably impress some.
Better and smarter than you might expect.
The overused homages and a tacked-on twist ending are just failed attempts to save Repo Men from its own shallow blood lust.
Great stuff at first, but when Law grows a conscience and goes underground with the uninsured, the narrative excitement slumps.
Law and Whitaker are disastrous in the lead roles. It's a dreary and violent film that betrays its three years spent on the shelf.
There are plenty of moments when the appearance of a flying, green-glow Chevy Malibu would be a welcome distraction.
Schreiber's surprising performance leaves the viewer wondering whether Repo Men wouldn't have made a much more successful film had it been a comedy.
Straining to be a social problem movie that Makes A Statement. Unfortunately that statement is so simplified that it feels almost insulting.
It easily takes home the Josef Mengele award as the vilest movie in recent memory.
Although it's an interesting premise, its lack of originality gives away where much of the film is going to go, that is, right up until you get to the unexpectedly bad ending.
I've seen a lot of this dystopian future in science fiction... so much so that it's become cliche.
Sapochnik, Law, Whitaker, and Schreiber have so much fun with all the extremes, wallowing in their shameless excess with the right dollop of macabre, self-aware humor.
Despite its interesting premise, this film is insipid and not very original, and it goes on limping between serious action and awkward satire. What makes it a bit better, though, is its last twenty minutes, with a terrific, badass ending that will leave you thrilled and chuckling at the same time.
Working for a mysterious, nefarious organization, two men collect organs on lease in the near future.
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 RZA was pretty cool...I guess. The acting by Jude Law and Forrest Whitaker can't stop the terrible mess this film becomes in its 2nd half. The ending is like Brazil, a deus machina, but fails flat. Overall, the only outstanding positive part would be the gore and action which shows that you don't mess with the organ business.
I loved it all the way to the end. I thought it was a total buzzkill.. no coworker is going to be that malicious. Get Real. It sorta felt like Carlito's Way. It's brutal as hell. Total dude movie. Whatever. I needed to watch a happy movie or take a shower right after.
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