LRE #15: Repo Men
In my mailbox this week:
Release Year: 2010
Staring: Jude Law, Forest Whitaker, Liev Schreiber
In a corporate ruled future, it’s a simple job to replace human organs with synthetic alternatives. The price is high, but when you are doing it for your family, can you really say that any price is too high? Well, much like buying a car that you can’t afford, you need to stay up with your payments. If you don’t, the Repo Men will come and take back the property.
But if that property is your heart, or your means of life, repossession means sharp blades, no sedative, and almost certain death. Remy, a very proficient repoman, ends up being injured in an ‘accident’, he is presented with a choice. Die, or accept a new organ he can’t afford. You owe it to your family. You owe it to yourself….
Ok, the premise is out of the way. It really doesn’t sound that bad. You take a little Jude Law (great actor) add in some Forrest Whitaker (great actor) and throw in some Liev Scheiber (great actor), and what do you get? A film that made me wish I had my two hours back.
It wasn’t bad, per say. But I spent the first half of the film, just getting used to the blood and guts on display. It would switch between monologue, dialogue, and soliloquy, depending upon the situation. The introspective moments are done in a manner of Remy (Jude Law) writing a book, the source material for the movie (Repossession Mombo, which was original penned by Eric Garcia). Remy is writing the book, for his estranged son to read, to help him have a better understanding of his fathers life.
Remy, is being hunted by his former repo-man partner Jake, (Forrest Whitaker) under the direction of Frank (Liev Schreiber) who works for the mega-corp, The Union, to repossess the organ put into Remy after a botched repo job. Add into that, that Remy is on the run with a women who essentially has had all her internal organs replaced with synthetics, and you start losing track of half of the content of the movie. The is just a bit too much going on.
I had two major problems with the movie. It was totally transparent of plot. It was in the first 10 minutes when I spot-on called the major twist, the one that presents itself in the final few seconds of the film. I correctly identified what would happen to Remy, before even having started the movie. I also was correct in predicting the reasons that happened, if not the exact circumstances (all without having read the synopsis)
The second problem, was wrapped into the violence. In the final scene, the ‘heroes’ are essentially performing vivisection on each others bodies, WHILE having sex. It is one thing for a movie to be a slasher, it’s another thing to have sexy time in a movie. But when you try and combine slash and sex, in the same scene, at the same time, you end up with something so uncomfortable; it’s like watching your parents having sex. Nobody wins.
It isn’t all bad. The acting was decent enough, and a special appearance by John Leguizamo essentially saved it from the eject button. Repo Men is an interesting presentation of a future, corporate. Very reminiscence of classics like Running Man, or Brazil, without Arnold or the touch of a Python. You really need to be in a certain mood for this movie. It’s not plot heavy, but it might leave you scratching your head, just to make sense of it.
How much alcohol did it take: Just enough to act as a digestive sedative.
Rating: 3/10. It is violent. The acting was decent. Liev Scheiber can do no wrong, even when he is a douchebag.
The Wife’s Retort: I love Jude Law. Having said that; I spent the first half of the film, trying to stop myself from barfing, and convince myself to watch the rest. I spent the second half regretting my decision, and still wanting to barf.