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REPO MEN

DVD Review by David Blackwell

 

DETAILS:  112 minutes (R version)/ 120 minute (unrated version), audio commentary, visual effects featurette, deleted scenes, The Union commercials

VIDEO:  2.35:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen)

AUDIO:  English, French, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, English DVS (theatrical version only)

Subtitles:  English SDH, French, Spanish

 

STUDIO:  Universal Pictures/ Relativity Media/ Stuber Pictures

Theatrical RELEASE DATE:  3-19-2010

DVD RELEASE DATE:  7-27-2010

 

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 accidentally 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 its 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 itself, but the mix of various elements kept me watching it.

 

SPECIAL FEATURES:

The feature audio commentary is with Director Miguel Sapochnik, and screenwriters Eric Garcia (who wrote the novel) and Garrett Lerner.   They have a great time laughing and talking about the film and pointing out what scenes are exclusive to the unrated cut (including a scene with John Legizamo that was cut from the theatrical cut).

 

The deleted scenes don’t fit in either version of the film, but they are entertaining (and feature optional audio commentary).   The Union Commercials are full of twisted humor.   INSIDE THE VISUAL EFFECTS (with commentary by Director Miguel Sapochnik and Writer Eric Garcia) shows all of the CGI effects in the movie that are pretty seamless when you watch the finished scenes in the film.

 

FINAL ANALYSIS:  REPO MEN is an entertaining (sometimes darkly comedic) sci-fi action film with a few good extras.  Too bad the theatrical trailer isn’t included on the DVD.

 

This DVD review is 8-7-2010 David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission.  Send all comments to lord_pragmagtic@hotmail.com