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Looking back at REPO MEN now, its kind of an odd bag.
A mix of warped buddy movie, biting social commentary (health care baby) and
celluloid slaughterhouse all sustained by a somewhat familiar premise: â€śdude on the inside turns against his own
and hits the bricksâ€ť. Think Fahrenheit 451, Equilibrium, Loganâ€™s Run or The
Island but with a drop of Repo! The Genetic Opera in there for good measure. Yup, weâ€™ve been here before in one way or another but for me the out there approach
as to the material made it worthwhile. REPO MEN was one cynical bitch and filled to the brim with clever dialogue and dark humor. It slyly took a somber and twisted subject matter and tackled it in a schizophrenic way. On one end it would play the a
â€śhey this is sick funâ€ť card via violence laced montages set to engaging ditties that contrasted in tone with the happenings and on the other end, it never ignored the emotional oomph of its story or its lead characterâ€™s (Jude Law) plight.
Speaking of Jude Law, Iâ€™ve never seen the dude tackle this kind of role before. The Talented Mr Ripley this isnâ€™t. Law did his usual dramatic, expressive eyes shtick but with an action-man twist this time around â€“ and hey I bought it! Fit like an oak and convincing in the fight scenes, Law was the Law! I have no idea what that last statement means by the way but I had to do it â€“ sue me. The rest of the cast was bang-on as well! Forest Whitaker put out a tight mix of endearing, loving, semi insane and scary. Alice Braga did the tough yet cute as a button chick thing to a "T" while Liev Schreiber had a hoot with his role and hey, so did I! I enjoyed the company I was keeping; always good. Moreover, big props to all involved in the look of the picture! It had a sleek air to it that rubbed me the right way! Fly shots, stellar production designs, flashy editingâ€¦baby looked good! And the razor cool look contrasted ideally with the gross subject manner.
Which brings me to the gore in the filmâ€¦damnâ€¦ last time I winced this much was when I was nailing this trinket and the rubber broke. REPO MEN was insanely graphic and wasnâ€™t afraid to wipe its ass with the envelope. Wait till; you see the love scene from hell near the end, I almost barfed my Wheaties into my Popcorn. Topple on top of that some healthy laughs, well choreographed hand to hand fights (Whitatker can move-Ghost Dog in the house!) and a handful of action sequences that had me dancing in my seat (the bit where Jude Law goes ape shit and butchers like 15 people with varied weapons was tops) and you get a GREAT film right? Well almost manâ€¦almost.
REPO MEN suffered of trying to do too much at the same time hence lots stuff fell through the cracks. Lawâ€™s relationship with his wife and kid was more like a half baked plot device than a genuine rapport. Same went for how his romance with Braga was sparked and then progressedâ€¦it was one of those â€śonly in the moviesâ€ť spiel, convenient but far from credible. Furthermore, the flick lagged at the middle mark, as if it didnâ€™t know where to go, so it went everywhere but yet nowhere (like my life). I kept thinking â€śgo the action way, go the action way and bring it home with a bangâ€ť but for some reason the film didn't listen and didn'tâ€¦at that point anyways. And although REPO MEN shoved me back in the corner and pummeled away Tyson style with its daring, action heavy and warped last block, its final frames pulled a â€śone turn too manyâ€ť on my ass. Talk about shooting one's foot! My rating literally dropped from 3 on 4 to 2.5 on 4 after that spinâ€¦bughâ€¦.
So on the whole, yes, I respected a lot of what REPO MEN slammed on the slab, it was a ballsy, messy and entertaining movie! But one that was maybe too ambitious for its damn good. It was still worth a watch though, lots of memorable moments in this nut house. REPO IT!