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Repo Men (2010)

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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.

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Miguel Sapochnik

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Eric Garcia (screenplay), Garrett Lerner (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jude Law ... Remy
Forest Whitaker ... Jake
Alice Braga ... Beth
Liev Schreiber ... Frank
Carice van Houten ... Carol
Chandler Canterbury ... Peter
Joe Pingue ... Ray
Liza Lapira ... Alva
Tiffany Espensen ... Little Alva
Yvette Nicole Brown ... Rhodesia
RZA ... T-Bone
Wayne Ward Wayne Ward ... John
Tanya Clarke ... Hooker
Max Turnbull Max Turnbull ... Larry the Lung
Howard Hoover Howard Hoover ... Salesman
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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 Anonymous

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The Union's new "Antiforg Payment Plan" is here to help, No matter which organ you need replaced. We have a payment schedule that will keep your body - and your wallet Healthy. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for for strong bloody violence, grisly images, language and some sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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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 »

Goofs

When Jake and Remy fight in the derelict apartment and Remy wins, he is wearing street clothes. But when, at the end of the film, he is shown on the stretcher attached to the Neural Network machine after, in reality, losing this fight with Jake, he is wearing the combat clothing that he wore in the Union headquarters building, which was when he was in a dream state. See more »

Quotes

Remy: I guarantee, you'll run out of Repo Men before I run out of ways of killing them.
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Crazy Credits

An advertisement screen for The Union appears at the end of the closing credits. See more »


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Everyday Will Be Like a Holiday
Written by William Bell, Booker T. Jones (as Booker T. Jones, Jr.)
Performed by William Bell
Courtesy of Altantic Recording Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
Additional elements by RZA featuring Stone Mecca and Reverend William Burk
Courtesy of Wu Music Group
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A surprisingly vapid dystopian flick
22 June 2010 | by I_saw_it_happenSee all my reviews

All in all, I found this movie quite a disappointment. I have a soft spot for sci-fi, and as several others have commented, Jude Law is a good reliable actor in sci-fi roles. But this movie seems awkwardly assembled, not quite thought-out, and a bit too proud of itself to be taken seriously. Throughout the film, at what seem to be important developmental points or even plot twists, there are one-liners tossed out with great sincerity, which in most cases either sound silly, pretentious, intellectually impoverished, or simply misplaced in this film. The first scene of the film, for instance, we are given a summarization of the 'Schroedinger's Cat' experiment, complete with some of the horrible logic underlying the film--- 'if something isn't definably dead or alive, then it must be both'. The fact that this statement shows a misunderstanding of both the scientific and philosophic merit of the experiment isn't the problem, because even incorrect junk science can be a good vehicle in a movie. The problem is that there's no reason to bring this up in the first place. the movie doesn't tackle whether things are dead or alive, whether being comprised of 'rented organs' is an crisis of existential definitions or what have you. The reference is just thrown in there to sound smart, to seem thoughtful, when the film is anything but. And this sort of pseudo intellectual posturing contaminates the movie.

The whole film's pace feels quite forced, as well. Jude Law seems underutilized. One can't help but wonder if he got drunk for the majority of the shooting for this film. When his wife leaves him, there's almost no emotion in the scene. When twenty minutes later our hero has decided to dedicate his eternal love to a street girl he finds attractive, there's really no chemistry whatsoever--- but apparently the movie insists that there be a love interest, and so it's just thrown in there, pointlessly. Because even in this day and age, it's apparently impossible to propose a hero character without a token damsel in distress.

Then there's the kind of gratuitous and uncomfortable 'surgical sex' scene. It's apparent that whoever choreographed it thought they were being clever, but the whole thing just seems like an attempt to force some sort of correlation between sex and surgical procedures that really just felt misplaced, and kind of heavy-handed. Granted, it has a purpose within the plot, but it's basically a slice of experimental film amid a sci-fi action flick, and like a lot of experiments, it fails.

There are some positive points to the film. While Jude Law's acting is a disappointment, Forrest Whittaker delivers a solid role. The action scenes are quite good, and while the overbearing presence of music makes some of it feel like a weird music video, it's nonetheless well-choreographed fighting and slashing. Some of the sets are good, although a fair number of sets and sequences seem blatant rip-offs of 'Brazil' (to say nothing of the ending)...

A pretty mindless flick. It's better than watching dust settle on your screen. A prettily-packaged emptiness.


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Release Date:

19 March 2010 (USA) See more »

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Repossession Mambo See more »

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Budget:

$32,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,126,170, 21 March 2010

Gross USA:

$13,794,835

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$18,409,891
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