Repo Men Review

repo men film review Have a Heart (Brief Synopsis)

In the near future, artificial organs are commonplace but expensive. That means your new lease on life is just that – a lease. If you can’t make the payments they’ll send someone to take it back, but the best repo man in the business has a change of heart when he, well, gets a new heart.

Making a Killing

It’s the perfect business model: offer the customer a product he absolutely needs, bleed him dry until he defaults, reposses the product and sell it again, repeat. Too bad the products in this case are vital organs, and reposession means you die. The movie starts with Remy (Jude Law) in front of a typewriter, musing about a cat experiment. The experiment – where the scientist can’t be sure if the cat insides a box had been gassed or not, and thus must assume that the cat is both alive and dead – becomes the thread throughout the film. He then recalls one of his repo jobs: the client is knocked out and his heart is removed – while he’s still alive. Any girl who likes heart throb Jude Law will certainly enjoy seeing him elbow deep in another man’s chest cavity. His wife, the moral idealist, decides she’s had enough after Remy’s schoolmate and war buddy Jake (Forest Whitaker) takes a break from a BBQ to remove a man’s overdue kidney. As a result, Remy decides to put away the glock and scalpel, after one last job.

The Hunter Becomes the Hunted

The last job doesn’t go as planned and the malfunction means our man needs a new heart, unfortunately there is no employee discount, just a stripper on the house (exactly what someone recovering from heart failure needs). I don’t want to give any more of the story away, so I’ll make a few side notes instead: the replacement organs don’t always look state of the art, some look like vintage microphones, to be honest. Despite it being 2025 apparently the iPhone hasn’t changed much, or maybe it’s a vintage model too. Jude Law also speaks with an English accent throughout the entire film, despite his back story indicating he grew up in the same place, presumably Toronto, as Forest Whitaker’s character. It’s not like Jude Law can’t, he’s mastered the (North) American accent for roles in The Talented Mr. Ripley and The Aviator, among others. I’m not trying to be picky but there are a number of finishing touches missing from this picture. However, one thing this film succeeds at doing is bumming you out.

Eat Your Heart Out, George Orwell

Orwell used fiction in his novel 1984 to illustrate the dangers of totalitarianism. A classic piece of dystopia, every aspect of life controlled by the all-seeing state, life is bleak and full of despair. Nevertheless the oppression is still external, few imposing their will upon many, which is I have to hand it to the creators of this film, because when I watch otherwise half-way decent people calmly removing vital organs from people who are still breathing, I lose all faith in humanity. The film is also gory and depressing without being really dark or gritty, which seems like a must for this material. If you’re light-hearted, optimistic or generally upbeat I’d consider avoiding this film: you can’t reposses your time or your money, in most cases.

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  1. Jimbo

     /  April 8, 2010

    Making a killing indeed ^^


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