Fri, Mar 19, 2010

: Repo Men

This is an unpleasant movie. I didn’t know much about it going in, but it looked science-fictiony and has some big stars (Jude Law, Forest Whitaker). Unfortunately, it has no story. Or rather, no focus. The story is little more than the gimmick of a future society where expensive artificial organs are commonplace and if you stop making payments on your heart or liver, some “repo” men will come and yank it out of you. If it so happens that you can’t live without the organ, well, that’s just too bad for you. The producers of this film seem to think this is the best idea ever and hammer home the whole concept incessantly. There is a slight plot, in that our lead repo guy ends up with an artificial heart himself and can’t pay and his former partner must hunt him down (gee, I never saw that coming), and I guess we’re supposed to be moved by this jerk’s sudden role reversal as he changes his view when he’s suddenly at the other end of the repossessing, but everything’s so ham-handled and pointless that we really don’t care. The film is far more violent and bloody than I expected, with gory surgeries on living people and graphic blood splatters and chaotic shootings. As far as science fiction, the sets and look of the film is mildly interesting, but the lack of story and the predictable characters makes it hardly worth it. The film also has lame multiple endings, and a lot of stuff toward the end doesn’t make sense until later. There are a few interesting ideas, but little is developed, the characters are nothing more than stereotypes, and the entire experience is unpleasant. Avoid.

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