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Repo Men
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07.26.2010 By: J.A. Hamilton
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Director:
Miguel Sapochnik

Actors:
Jude Law
Forrest Whitaker
Liev Schreiber

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Remy, a repo man who repossesses artificial organs from within their hosts if and when the person doesn’t pay up, starts having second thoughts and as a result suffers an accident that puts him on the other side of things with an artificial heart and when he too falls behind his crew is then sent after him.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
I didn’t have a whole lot of interest in this film when I saw the trailers. Don’t get me wrong, I was intrigued by the idea but unimpressed by the presence of Jude Law as one of the main characters. Every time I hear his name I think of his Gigolo Joe character from the ridiculous ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE movie and get very angry. That said, I enjoyed him in SHERLOCK HOLMES so I went into this flick with an open mind. I enjoyed it for what it was but I found myself torn (no pun intended) by some of the decisions these characters made.

The premise is gold, no question there. A company selling overpriced man made organs in hopes that the consumer will be unwilling to pay so they can send in the repo men to “reclaim” set organ so they can sell it again. There’s a strong moral code here that seems to shatter on impact when it comes to the brutality in which these men “work”. Lots of companies are greedy and would love nothing more than to bleed us consumers dry, but slicing them open and actually leaving them to die is a hard pill to swallow. Add to that, with the amount of people needing these organs, you’d think that someone would have a friend who knew a guy who’s uncle’s cousin got ripped open and left to die impeding their judgement on the matter and causing a bit of exposure to these tactics but the film doesn’t imply this whatsoever.

I loved the action and much to my surprise Jude Law carried himself rather well in the action seat. It helped having Forrest Whitaker on board as his partner in crime (I really dig Whitaker, he’s such an underrated player in the movie biz) and their chemistry was bang on. I dug where they’re relationship went and their loyalty (of sorts) to one another. My biggest character question mark came from Law’s family life. His wife clearly wasn’t happy and sure I can see her distaste for the guy’s work but that work put food on the table and got her that big house. I get that she could be pissed, but the guy was willing to change and then you spit it back in his face like he’s a chump? Add to that, Law quits (no these aren’t spoilers as you see this in the trailer) and goes on the run living like (to quote Vincent Vega) a bum? These were big character decision plot holes in my opinion, ones that I just couldn’t get behind.

REPO MEN brought the pain, blood and action I hoped it would, especially via the unrated version. Other than the plot holes and gaps in character logic, I did feel a bit squeamish at times when it came down to all the graphic incisions and what not. I love action and I don’t shy away from blood and gore, but if there’s one thing I can’t watch it’s the operation channel on TV where real people are being cut open and worked on. That sucking sound of hands going into someone’s body sent chills up my spine, this flick felt vividly real on that front which I suppose is a good thing. The ending will be a fifty, fifty split when it comes right down to it but I dug the wink in TOTAL RECALL’s direction.
THE EXTRAS
Commentary: Director Miguel Sapochnik and writers Eric Garcia & Garrett Lerner take us through the film. I was overjoyed to hear them explain that they wanted to capture the sheer realism of cutting people open and yanking out organs. It worked for me.

Deleted Scenes: There’s a slim eight minutes worth here which were highly entertaining. The breast implant one would have to be my favourite.

The Union Commercials: Like it implies, we get the full roster of Union commercials. Think STARSHIP TROOPERS only funnier. Two words: Jack Soda.

Inside the Visual Effects: A very quick and very bland little bit of info for some of the effects. Listening to these two fools will make you wish someone would come repo your ear drums.

Previews: We get a couple trailers ahead of the feature and there’s a theatrical and unrated version of the film to choose from but you’ll no doubt just want to watch the unrated one.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
My expectations were pretty low here and as a result I came out of this digging what I saw. I didn’t agree with everything that happened but the film delivered what it was meant to deliver: action and a cool premise that didn’t hold back. Plus it was good to see that Jude Law has the spine for action.

Extra Tidbit: The Jack Soda thing is funny but nothing will ever beat Brawndo. That's the funniest drink commercial I've ever seen and probably ever will.
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