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.
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
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 »
You have done this a thousand times! What the fuck is wrong with you?
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Sandbox Film Experiment With Many Borrowed Film Scenes
I found nothing but copied aspects from other films. This movie was a collective mix of Logan's Run, Brazil, Minority Report, Total Recall and others. The association's are too frequent to be a coincidence. There was also some relation to Star Wars woven into the film when Forrest Whitaker's character is fighting in the nest and says "join the dark side" while holding a stun baton and the scene when Jude Law's character is sleeping, it's like he is trying to escape stormtroopers as you can hear blaster rifles right before he wakes up. When Jude first drives home and talks to his wife, there is this distinct James Bond music theme and atmosphere. It's like "Repomen" was just a sandbox experiment for the filmmakers to play around with. As such, it was rather disappointing and humorous for me to say the least.
If anything, I felt a little insulted watching this film. It had so much going for it and I really started to enjoy the first half. I found many technological flaws with it from the beginning. As most science fiction films go, these are issues many of us sci-fi fans will "overlook" to ultimately take in the illustration of what the script writer is trying to convey. With that said, there comes a certain quality level in which even the most passive of sci-fi critics will eventually be forced to cross. Safe to say at that point, most remaining viewers not interested in the genre to begin with have already decided the outcome of the tragic film. "Repomen" is one of those films and I unfortunately, am one of those passive sci-fi fans that was forced to cross into low quality barriers with it.
I found the political aspects and accuracy of future organ donation to be extremely far fetched. I laughed at the price they wanted to charge the one client for a new pancreas, they could have gone with a realistic figure at least for the film and how they covered up that mistake in the preview with a shopping channel advert that wasn't even in the film. What's wrong with insulin anyways? Many of the vehicles in the film had little to no modifications done to them to give them that futuristic look. There is product placement throughout and the props are just silly, notably the table at the end of the film is just trimmed with merchandise scanners and what I thought to be electric shavers. The organ depository looks so fake that when Forest Whitaker uses it, it actually shuffles like a desk drawer. Bombs look like large conventional batteries, and why would Repomen have bombs to begin with. Organs are sharp metal and hard unlike their real life counterparts. Cheap LED strip lights above the pink door's access panel. The list goes on.
There is a sexual mutilation association that should have been caught by the film board and removed as it's pointless for the film and perverted. Special effects were dull, the synthetic organ lab with the technicians looked like the filmmakers just put up mirrors and had four technicians run around to give the image of a large spacious areas with hundreds of technicians, hilarious.
I tried to enjoy it. However, if not for all those problems I found nothing but copied aspects from other films. I'm glad the filmmakers had their fun with it because I didn't.
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