Sunday, March 11, 2012

Repo Men (2010)

In the future, corporations can reclaim much more than just your house or your car... Fall behind on your organ payments, and they will repossess your lungs! Repo Man Remy heads out on his last assignment, when a freak accident lands him in the hospital. He awakens to find himself indebted to his employer, The Union, for the artificial heart that is keeping him alive. It is only a matter of time before he is unable to pay, and The Union is forced to send its best men out after one of their own. Similarities to REPO! THE GENETIC OPERA aside, REPO MEN takes an ingenious premise and just doesn't know where to go with it. It is a patchwork of many more successful films, with pieces of PULP FICTION, OPEN YOUR EYES, and FIGHT CLUB hastily strewn together. Jude Law and Forest Whitaker present a likable pair of working class heroes, who aren't without their fair share of humor as they scan the cities looking for customers who have skipped out on their responsibilities. The real problem is that REPO MEN attaches no deeper meaning to the concept of organ repossession, and simply uses it as a facet towards violence rather than establishing a true moral dilemma between any of the characters. With some biting cynicism and a few big action set pieces, however, REPO MEN is generic enough to appeal to the masses.

Rating: 7/10.

Movies like REPO MEN:
REPO! THE GENETIC OPERA, DAYBREAKERS, IN TIME, OPEN YOUR EYES, FIGHT CLUB, NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN, MINORITY REPORT.

3 comments:

  1. It's nothing special but it's bloody, action-packed, and very stylish in the way it shows its future but then again, it does just seem like another future from Blade Runner. Good review.

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  2. I really enjoyed the opening act, but then it just fell off into a generic actioner. Thanks for stopping by!

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