Remy is a repo man, a repo man of human organs in this world in the future where a company called, The Union, has a monopoly over the world’s mechanical organ market. The prices are ridiculous, forcing people into high interest loans that if they default on will have their replacement lung, heart, or liver gladly repossessed by an eager repo man like Remy. Remy’s best friend and co-worker Jake is all about the business and when Remy shows some signs of retiring to sales Jake begins to panic about the end of their partnership. Remy’s home life hits an all time low after an on the job accident forces Remy to get a Union heart and his wife and child leave him as he has to keep working repo which his wife desperately wants him to stop. Remy has lost his edge though and soon finds himself on the other side of the repo business.
The film finds a nice balance in its action and humor and while the humor might be a bit cheesy at times it works because it is being delivered by A-List actors. The film is also definitely not for the squeamish as you will see multiple organs disemboweled from degenerate loaners and plenty of other blood when things start to get pretty hairy towards the end for Remy. The action is fresh and doesn’t feel like we have seen this before even when you can tell it is a bit of homage. There is a turning point in the film where things go off the deep end in the third act where it goes completely over the top, which I didn’t have a problem with, but validates it with an interesting turn of events but I am not sure how I feel about that (Sorry for being so vague, don’t want to spoil anything).
The films look is also very slick and creative and director Miguel Sapochnik does a great job with his effects team. His future looks a little to much like Blade Runner to call it original, but they have a lot of cool ideas that they touch on from time to time with the enhancements of the Beth character that they display. Though the technology seems a bit old for such a sophisticated concept at times, especially with how they check in the organs.
The film does have a few issues though, a romance is pretty much forced through and we doubt the believability of these two characters bond. The film drags its feet a bit in the middle and the plotting is just a bit shoddy at times with things moving forward with little logic at times. The film makes up for these down turns with the scenes that work, working really well, and creating a sense of fun again in the picture as it entertains. But if you want to pick the film a part there is plenty to grab at but if you just sit back and enjoy the actors having a good time in this fun film then there is plenty to enjoy.
The actors involve all play their parts extremely well and are definitely in on the nudge and a wink spirit of the picture and at no time takes itself too seriously. Jude Law and Forest Whitaker star as Remy and Jake respectively and the two have a great chemistry and handle the action bits just as well as they handle the humor in the picture. Liev Schreiber is also quite good as the head of The Union and there wasn’t enough of him and his excellent humor in the picture if you ask me. The women in the film are too one dimensionally written and uninteresting to really comment on Alice Braga and Carice van Houten’s work but they have both been better.
In the end, Repo Men is a fun and silly movie that is way over the top but has plenty of entertainment value to be had. The film works when it does thanks to the great work by the three main leads and their ability to sell us on this quite absurd world. The film has plenty of action, humor, and keeps rolling along with only a bump or two in the road that slows it down but it always picks itself back up. Not for the squeamish I think the film is destined to become a cult classic of sorts though it is somewhere between being too conventional and not odd enough to gain a passionate following some other futuristic films have in recent years. With that said, if interested you will probably enjoy the hell out of most of it as the preview is an accurate representation of what you are getting into; if the trailer doesn’t float your boat though don’t expect to be one over by the picture.
Repo Men is a B-