Set in the near future when artificial organs can be bought on credit, it revolves around a man who struggles to make the payments on a heart he has purchased. He must therefore go on the run before said ticker is repossessed.
To foil an extortion plot, an FBI agent undergoes a face-transplant surgery and assumes the identity and physical appearance of a ruthless terrorist, but the plan backfires when the same criminal impersonates the cop with the same method.
When a Las Vegas performer-turned-snitch named Buddy Israel decides to turn state's evidence and testify against the mob, it seems that a whole lot of people would like to make sure he's no longer breathing.
In the future humans have extended and improved our lives through highly sophisticated and expensive mechanical organs created by a company called "The Union". The dark side of these medical breakthroughs is that if you don't pay your bill, "The Union" sends its highly skilled repo men to take back its property... with no concern for your comfort or survival. Former soldier Remy is one of the best organ repo men in the business. But when he suffers a cardiac failure on the job, he awakens to find himself fitted with the company's top-of-the-line heart-replacement... as well as a hefty debt. But a side effect of the procedure is that his heart's no longer in the job. When he can't make the payments, The Union sends its toughest enforcer, Remy's former partner Jake, to track him down. Written by
There's a scene showing a sign for Jarvik St. It's actually Jarvis St. in Toronto. Jarvik is the name of the man who created the first artificial heart. See more »
When Remy stops typing he takes the binoculars off the table and looks out the window. When the camera shows the pages he has written on the table the binoculars are near the pages on the table. But when they switch back to Remy he has them in his hand again. See more »
I saw an interview with a serial killer once. Said it took him six years to work up to his first kill. The second, a year. The third, just a week. Once that dam broke, it was a flood. Making people die, it had become second nature. Apparently, it also works the other way round.
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An advertisement screen for The Union appears at the end of the closing credits. See more »
Repo Men is set in an unspecified near future pretty similar to now except that artificially-created organs are easily available provided you can pay the price. Of course, those being so expensive, you can conveniently play in instalments. However, what happens when you fall back and can't make the payments anymore? That's when repo men come in to repossess your artificial organ. Only problem is that if they do, you're very likely to die because you're missing a vital organ. What a neat simple concept that could provide us with some social commentary on certain issues such as capitalistic ethics, misleading advertising and the health care system. However, don't expect a particularly intellectual sci-fi movie. Repo Men is more of a buddy movie turning into a somewhat romantic one with lots of action and some understated sci-fi trappings. It doesn't seem to know whether it's a drama or dark comedy, and doesn't particularly excel at either, but it's not bad. Of particular note is the pivotal scene involving the repo man having to deal with one of his favourite singers finishing up his last song. I won't spoil anything by saying that our main "hero", played by Jude Law, an extremely effective repo man, eventually experiences a change of heart making him see things from the other side.
I liked the first-person narration by Jude Law's character as I thought it would let us get more into his mindset. Unfortunately, it was used a bit inconsistently. The acting was solid, especially from the reliable Law, but the chemistry between two of the leads was doubtful hurting the romantic aspect, not talking about Jude and Forrest Whitaker's chemistry here that was a fine bromance ;-) I enjoyed the story arc up to a certain point about 3/4 through when I suddenly became uncomfortable with the level of violence and cold bloodiness. Heck, I was feeling sorry for the poor people, victims of such carnage. It also became more over the top. Why should we care about our repo man when he obviously doesn't care about (mostly) innocent people doing their job and likely not privy to its seedy underbelly? All this made the "hero's" plight seem less sympathetic and compelling. Granted, the fight scenes were very well shot and pretty exciting throughout. The cinematography itself was dynamic and competent. Something involving bar codes and organs near the end also made me cringe as it felt illogical, not cringe because I found it particularly disgusting but sensitive souls should be warned. Points for originality there, though. It turns out there's kind of a good reason for this tonal shift 3/4 through, but as it started happening, it just bugged me, it took me out of the picture. The ending, which could have been great, also left me somewhat dissatisfied, and not because it was an unconventional ending. It feels as if the movie should have been better. I wasn't moved emotionally as I would have liked to be. I didn't care much at all for the few last acts. I wouldn't mind watching the movie again though, so that's saying something.
Rating: 6 out of 10 (Good)
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