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REPO MEN (2010)
movie review by David Blackwell
 
111 minutes, rated R
ASPECT RATIO:  2.35:1
STUDIO:  Universal Pictures/ Relativity Media
Theatrical RELEASE DATE:  3-19-2010
 
STARRING Jude Law (Remy), Forest Whitaker (Jake), Alice Braga (Beth), Liev Schreiber (Frank)
WRITTEN by Eric Garcia & Garrett Lerner (screenplay), based on the novel The Repossession Mambo by Eric Garcia
DIRECTED by Miguel Sapochnik

Remy is a Repo Man in a future where people can get artificial organs (but for a high price) and the Repo men collect your organs if you can't make your payments.  Remy and his longtime buddie, Jake, work for The Union who provide the artificial organs.  Remy's wife wants him to make a choice and go into sales (and quit beinga repo man).  However, a faulty heart zapper sends Remy to the hospital where he gets an artificial heart.   From there, he can't be a Repo anymore.  He relates to the people he goes after to get the organs back.  He ends up past due and goes on the run with a beautiful singer (she has many artificial organs and parts, and in deeper crap than Remy).
 
REPO MEN has a crumpling and yet expanding metropolis look.  It is a future where people can on for life.   It is a movie about a guy who finds himself and looks at what he did.  The movie does rip off the hallway fight scene from OLDBOY and the ending from another movie (but the ending is foreshadowed).   REPO MEN is pretty grim at times while mixing it with a little bit of humor in addition to a mix of action.   The movie paints a portrait of a future that could be here tomorrow.  It prays on the current times where we are in trouble with credit and trying to make the payments on our loans.
 
Some people will say the movie isn't original and rips off plenty of movies, but it's take is different than REPO: THE GENTIC OPERA which is a sci-fi musical version of King Lear.   REPO MEN takes the concepts in its own directions and show us a world that is falling apart at the seams- a world where big corporations control everything.   The film may not be entirely successful in caring itself, but the mix of various elements kept me watching it.
 
this movie review is (c)3-20-2010 David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission.  send all comments to lord_pragmagtic@hotmail.com