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
Despite the fact that this was filmed with Hawk anamorphic lenses, "Filmed in Panavision" is listed in the end credits. 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 »
Almost every job I do ends the exact same way. Some whimper. Some cry. Some even laugh. But in the end, they all do the same horizontal mambo, twitching and thrusting their way into the great beyond.
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Movies like Repo Men are those that take interesting, even fascinating,
premises and butcher them to the point of disfigurement; a bland
cookie- cutter version of how the plot could have unravelled. In
addition to the obvious plot arc that can easily be surmised from the
trailers, any good will built up over the running time is similarly
bastardized by a horrendous final twist that is not only nonsensical
but cheap. This reveal is not only blatantly alluded to early on but
even for those who did not pick up on it will not be surprised by the
In yet another paint-by-numbers dystopian future where highly advanced
artificial organs are now a reality, we follow two repo men by the
names of Remy (Jude Law) and Jake (Forest Whitaker) whose task it is to
reclaim said organs from customers who have fallen behind on payments.
They gleefully extract hearts, livers, kidneys, etc leaving their
former customers on the wrong side of alive. Yet, after an on the job
accident leaves Remy himself with an 'artiforg', as they are called,
and subsequently is unable to make payments he goes on the run. With
the help of a woman who is nearly all 'fake' so to speak (it is
eye-rolling developments like this that make up Repo Men) he tries to
bring down his former employer with Jake hot on his trail.
Thank goodness at the center of it all we get three solid performances
from Jude Law and Forest Whitaker as the titular repo men, and Liev
Schreiber as their morally defunct boss. Without this trio to ground
the movie in some realm of watchability this could have been an
unmitigated disaster instead of just a near-disaster. The gore is ample
in Repo Men but it appears in all the wrong places. Instead of using
the violent repossessions as tentpole instances of shock, they pepper
the story with such frequency, everything becomes white-washed (or
should I say red- washed) and muted in effectiveness.
I will admit, there are some well choreographed, badass action
sequences but they can do little to lift the remaining material. Even
with these kinetic bursts, the characters at the center are all so
unlikable, whether they live or die becomes moot. Are we truly supposed
to root for a murderer just because he had a moral epiphany and who in
addition cheats on his wife after she condemns his job and then
proceeds to abandon her and his son? All this is loosely strung
together by a bland and sporadic voice-over which serves no discernible
There are so many unanswered questions floating around Repo Men. What
has happened to lead up to this future? What is government like to give
this company absolute power to slaughter countless people? And where is
the money in selling organs to those who cannot pay anyways? It is
questions like these and more that leave Repo Men a vapid and
unmemorable vision of the future with little to say about much of
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