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In the future, medical technology has advanced to the point where people can buy artificial organs to extend their lives. But if they default on payments, an organization known as the Union sends agents to repossess the organs. Remy is one of the best agents in the business, but when he becomes the recipient of an artificial heart, he finds himself in the same dire straits as his many victims.
It seems people have either never heard of this or completely shit on it, but I happen to think this is a pretty damn cool action/sci-fi/thriller flick. There are always long periods of time in between my viewings of this, and each time I expect to rewatch it and completely understand the hate for this - but I haven't yet. It's very entertaining and Jude Law and Forest Whitaker make for a badass team-up. Of course there's the countless clichés and such, but I still tend to think this is quite underrated for what it is.
Let's be clear on one thing here: The only reason I watched Repo Men was because it happened to be in a double feature Blu-Ray set with Children of Men for the same price as just CoM, so I thought "Why not?" After all, it couldn't possibly be as bad as people say right? Right?....
Opinion time: Forest Whitaker is a terrible actor. I hated him in Taken 3 (Bagels 3?) where all he seemed to care about was the connection between Liam Neeson's accused crime and a warm bag of bagels. He brings no conviction to any of the characters I've seen him play, and he has yet to impress me. This film was no exception. Every scene…
Repo Men sets in a dystopian future where if you can't pay for your artificial organs, Jude Law and his gang will come and reclaim it.
'' My job is simple. Can't pay for your car, the bank takes it back. Can't pay for your house, the bank takes it back. Can't pay for your liver, well, that's where I come in.''
Strange. I remember the pacing to be quite fast in the beginning, but now that I rewatched it again, it seemed draggy. The hallway fight scene was also less epic than I've remembered. I used to love this film. Now it's just.. it's just plain boring. (still love the gore though)
I've never been a fan of Jude Law or the king of mumbling once known as Forest Whitaker, but I had hoped that Rotten Tomatoes was wrong about this one.
Unfortunately, RT was right even if they were a little harsh. This reminded me of Elysium a little to much and the appearance of Alice Braga didn't help matters. Law plays a family man who takes back people's organs without even flinching. A bit of a contradiction that may be excused by a great salary I suppose. The eventual "accident" and irony of Law's predicament works for a few minutes until you use your brain. A man goes from letting people die to being a savior at his own expense.…
Film #27 of No Rewatch November
Damn, they do not hold back! Jude gives the koreans a run for their money hammer-wise. It's his movie all the way. He's a total badass and he sells everything which is pretty well done considering a lot of what happens and a good deal of the dialogue is a hard sell.
J-Lizzle in the lab cooking up beatz with the Rza whilst Ghost Dog watches over.
The movie is all heart with no soul. The Oldboy rip-off felt like a corridor scene without an exit. And the Brazil ending saved it from completely falling off the cliff.
I don't think Repo Men can be qualified as a bad film, only because - while it stumbles and falls in terms of its philosophical themes - it is an entertaining film. Jude Law and Forest Whitaker work well together, and superficially the narrative offers a twisting narrative that keeps pushing forward.
The issue, then, really has to do with the character actions. There's nothing wrong with a narrative about a man turning on his former life when he sees its error - while a bit tired at this point, we've seen that narrative executed very well by talented filmmakers - but there is something wrong with not setting up that motivation.
Remy, before his accident, is a character who…
A bit of a tired mess. The ending redeems the movie somewhat, but you'll have to suffer through a lot before that.
I have never seen a movie go this off the rails after the halfway point.
Yet another entry in the genre of “Bullshit Dystopia”, popular with pretentious hacks everywhere. Whee. Law and Whitaker really must’ve needed some money.
Better than I expected it to be even if it never makes the best of the interesting premise. A good part of the fun comes from the pleasant surprise of a fun performance from Jude Law, though Forrest Whitaker's somewhat wasted in what starts off as a lead part but rapidly fades to that of a secondary antagonist. Silly in quite a few places but energetic enough to keep going.
Once I got over the initial disappointment that Emilio Estevez and Harry Dean Stanton were nowhere to be found I found myself contemplating a world where organ transplant waiting lists were a thing of the past, and everyone had the opportunity to live past their expiration date......for a price. In the world of Repo Men that depends on the organ, and while the price is non negotiable there is flexible financing available at a generous rate of 18% for the first month and a fixed 24% APR after that. Sure the organs can cost upwards of half a million dollars, but don't fret.......there's a 90 day grace period on all past due accounts. Of course on the 91st day just…
Ending was a cheating to viewer :(
A friend and I were talking about how he understands why I'm so into movies, because they're often more satisfying…