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.
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
Forest Whitaker has been studying Filipino Kali for several years under masters such as Dan Inosanto and Richard Bustillo. He utilizes his skills in several fight scenes in the film. See more »
When they get on the subway train (TTC Bay Station) the car they enter is either a Hawker Siddeley(Urban Transportation Development Corporation) H5 or H6. After the first interior scene the car becomes a Bombardier Transportation's T1 for the rest of the scenes. 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 »
Some terrific stuff completely trashed by absurd and clumsy directing...
Repo Men (2010)
This could have been a powerful and exciting movie, with three great actors (Law, Whitaker, and Schreiber) and an interesting idea. The writing is either silly or redundant, and that doesn't help, but mostly it's a matter of direction and lots of bad decisions, too many to get into, ranging from pauses that didn't make sense to needless interludes to needless fistfighting.
There really are aspects to the movie that are excellent--the many sets, for one thing, and the vision of a near future that seems pretty accurate (neon ads and large buildings and a crossbreeding of the modern and the industrially decayed). There are troubles even here, though, with scenes of ultra normalcy (bar-b-cues) and scenes of improbable (impossible) medical violence (removing a kidney in a cab a minute later).
And back to the actors--even here it's an issue of casting. Jude Law pulls off a desperate bad guy better than you might think he would, but he's just not an action-adventure type. Forrest Whitaker, likewise--his canny sensitivity is wasted. Liev Schreiber has little to do and he does it functionally, which is not like him.
Expect a clumsy production with some curious twists. At times there is such beautiful irony just at the tip of everyone's fingers (like the artificial organ factory), it's painful that it's in a rough and tumble action flick like this. Oh, and did I say it's downright stupid at times, like when the police never ever ever hit their target when shooting? Talk about gratuitous blood.
The soundtrack has got to be terrific, however. Check that out somewhere.
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