Repo Men is a futuristic, sci-fi adventure with an intriguing story and talented cast.
Similar to its smaller and unrelated predecessor Repo! The Genetic Opera, the plot gets an upgrade on the big screen by director Miguel Sapochnik.
Although the film’s deeper message against the privatization of medical advancement might not connect with everyone, the film’s entertainment value makes up for it.
Humanity has figured out how to artificially produce vital organs and other body parts to be sold by an organization known as The Union. The payment plans made available for these are extremely expensive, but greatly needed. But when clients are late on their payments, repo men are sent as hitmen to retrieve them.
Remy (played by Jude Law) is the Union’s best repo man. After an accident forces Remy to receive an artificial heart from The Union, he begins to experience guilt for his actions and is no longer able to perform repossessions. His newfound conscience pits him against The Union and possibly his best friend, Jake (played by Forest Whitaker).
The film’s talented cast does not disappoint. Law is fabulous in the lead role. He carries the film with charm and a strong presence. Whitaker is an odd choice to play opposite Law, but he plays the role skillfully. He gives the character of Jake depth and believability. Alice Braga, who plays Remy’s wife, gives a passionate performance. Unfortunately, her thick accent makes her dialogue difficult to understand sometimes. Liev Schreiber exudes charisma with his role as the amoral supervisor of The Union.
This is Sapochnik’s first feature film and shows great promise as a visionary filmmaker. He creates a distinct futuristic environment, cluttered with advertisements and technological advancements with striking cinematography.
The film’s theme may stir some controversy.
There is an underlying connection between this film’s nefarious organization and the present health care problem. The Union’s crimes are blatantly immoral and yet go unaddressed. As soon as someone can’t make the payment, he is cut off. The theme may be too jarring for audiences to digest, along with the large amount of blood-gushing gore.
Repo Man contains so many entertaining qualities, but can be bogged down by a tired formula and derivative themes.
Although it attempts to be a gritty science fiction classic, it resembles better films. The film lags in the second act, but picks up the action in the finale. It also boasts a twist ending, which breathes creativity into the familiarity-ridden film.
While Repo Men might not be considered, it is still worth watching for its exceptional performances and clever ending.