Despite the gnashing of teeth in certain corners of the internet before Miguel Sapochnik’s Repo Men was even released, the movie has no relation besides the basic premise to Darren Lynn Bousman’s Repo! The Genetic Opera. It has even less to do with Alex Cox’s Repo Man. But don’t let this fool you; this doesn’t mean Repo Men is some bastion of originality. The film is wedged firmly within the tradition of dystopian sci-fi. In the future, designer organs — from kidneys, to hearts, to upgrades in hearing and eyesight — are available to anyone and everyone for a price. However, if a buyer gets behind on his/her payments, the property is repossessed by a repo man, generally in very bloody, surgical, impromptu terms. The film follows one of these repo men, a war vet named Remy (Jude Law). Remy is the best at his job until an accident leaves him with an artificial heart and piles of bills. The majority of the film involves Remy attempting to escape his former employers, including his best friend and former partner Jake (Forest Whitaker), and prevent his heart from getting repossessed all Temple of Doom-style. This makes for a lot of action set pieces, but little else. Nevertheless, this doesn’t keep Repo Men from acting like it’s more significant than it actually is. I’m convinced you could make a pretty interesting psychological reading of the film’s final act and the way it relates to its own last-minute twist. But that’s a lot of energy to expend on what’s ultimately nothing more than a tarted-up version of a big, dumb action flick.
Director: Miguel Sapochnik
Writer: Eric Garcia and Garrett Lerner
Producer: Mary Parent and Scott Stuber
Cast: Jude Law, Forest Whitaker, Alice Braga, Joe Pingue, Liev Schreiber, Carice van Houten, Liza Lapira, RZA, Chandler Canterbury and Yvette Nicole Brown