Universal Pictures | Release Date: March 19, 2010
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ChadSMar 23, 2010
Remy(Jude Law) is no romantic; no Parisian/Montmarte poet dreaming about a comely courtesean named Satine, as he hunts and pecks at a manual typewriter. He's not writing "Your Song"; he's writing about your kidney, your liver, your Remy(Jude Law) is no romantic; no Parisian/Montmarte poet dreaming about a comely courtesean named Satine, as he hunts and pecks at a manual typewriter. He's not writing "Your Song"; he's writing about your kidney, your liver, your heart. Remy is a repo man, a murderer. If this futuristic government organized a tribunal for the medical crimes perpetrated by these blue collar killers, both Remy and Jake(Forrest Whitaker), and others like them in "The Union", would no doubt utilize the Nuremberg Defense(the glee in which the repo men go about liquidating a ship seems very Nazi-like), since they were only following the directives from their boss Frank(Liev Schreiber). Unwilling to take his wife's advice about taking a new position in the company, Remy, nevertheless, becomes nearly human again after a near-death experience. While on a job(he shows up at the house of a composer who is late on a payment for his heart), Remy finally faces the music when an occupational accident leads to an organ outfitting of his own. With his humanity restored through addition by subtraction, the "heartless" repo man can no longer laugh at delinquent clients who "Cry [Him] a River" at collection time. As Remy hears this Etta James song a second time, performed by a lounge singer/prostitute(?) named Beth(Alice Braga), he receives the lyrics like poetry, without the veneer of his profession's cooptation back at the nightclub, where the credo "a job is a job" was uttered. During a routine sweep with Jake, the repo man uses his stun gun on a child, but he can't finish the job. Unlike Chan-wook Park's "Boksuneun naui geot"("Old Boy" is not the only Park film that gets referenced), this young boy is spared the scalpel. Although "Repo Men" degenerates into pure spectacle near the end, it climaxes with a spectacular display of masochism, clearly, a loving homage to Korean film, in which Remy and Beth consumate their love(for each other and for humanity) through pain. Expand
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DukeNov 2, 2010
A Film Review by: Sam Fragoso

"Repo Men" ** There were many good things in this movie but also alot of really bad scenes that kinda of ruin the movie in some ways. How ever there were some up sides like... Jude Law has a solid performance
A Film Review by: Sam Fragoso

"Repo Men"

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There were many good things in this movie but also alot of really bad scenes that kinda of ruin the movie in some ways. How ever there were some up sides like... Jude Law has a solid performance and the action in Repo Men was really new and inventive and I truly enjoyed seeing that. They didn't overdue the action which is probably a first in most movies, so thats what kept me interested. When it's all said and done the ending is pretty rediculous and you realize you wasted the last half hour (need to see movie in order to understand). Anyways it was a half way decent movie with solid performances and new action so with that alone I say "Rent it".
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JimSMar 20, 2010
Wildly uneven, with flashes of brilliance, this is a well acted, but conflicted story that ultimately collapses under the weight of unrealized potential. Droll, at times fetching, with over-the-top gore, it is film worth seeing, in spite of Wildly uneven, with flashes of brilliance, this is a well acted, but conflicted story that ultimately collapses under the weight of unrealized potential. Droll, at times fetching, with over-the-top gore, it is film worth seeing, in spite of its shortcomings. Expand
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RichardE.Mar 19, 2010
As the respectable critics note, _Brazil_ this movie ain't (nor up there even with _Repo Man_ [singular]). Still, _Repo Men_ is an interesting failure and scores some satiric hits. If it's got problems with structure and restraint, As the respectable critics note, _Brazil_ this movie ain't (nor up there even with _Repo Man_ [singular]). Still, _Repo Men_ is an interesting failure and scores some satiric hits. If it's got problems with structure and restraint, well, it is in the satiric mode, and satires tend to sprawl and have never been much into self-discipline, or respectability. At a time the US Congress takes a year and (as of this hour) still can't put together a bill to pay for US health care, there's much to be said for a nasty slicer/dicer dark comedy showing a terminally nasty corporation selling organs with usurious loans. _Repo Men_ deserves to become a cult classic. Expand
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DavidPMar 23, 2010
This film is an uneven mix, starting off as a black comedy, shifts quickly out of funny territory and into stilted drama, and eventually finds itself stumbling into an action picture. The plot, which has been derided by some as a poorer, This film is an uneven mix, starting off as a black comedy, shifts quickly out of funny territory and into stilted drama, and eventually finds itself stumbling into an action picture. The plot, which has been derided by some as a poorer, commercial version of the cult classic "Repo! The Genetic Opera" and dismissed by others as a barely more palatable version of the atrocious "Repo! The Genetic Opera" in fact bears almost no resemblance to the 2008 film. In fact, it owes much more to "Logan's Run." If you saw that film, you've already seen this one, and seen it better done with more imagination. The main problem I had with the setup of this film is that there was no reason to believe that this would actually happen, that in an otherwise quite mundane world we'd allow people to kill each other on the streets for the price of their artificial organs. That wouldn't be a barrier if the film embraced it's early, satirical tone, but as it quickly attempts to take itself seriously, it becomes very hard to ignore the fact that the entire premise is utterly ridiculous. In the end, I can't make up my mind as to whether this picture is a poorly conceived critique of the health care system in the USA or an unnecessarily graphic action vehicle, but it doesn't ever quite work on either level. Expand
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JonB.Mar 28, 2010
Not nearly as bad as everyone made it out to be. The acting goes from inspired to forced. The same can be said for the plot. A good premise none the less, though.
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dijavantewowOct 13, 2010
Not a good movie, but an interesting ending. I was sad for the protagonist, but it would have been a ridiculous if everything just happened to go so well for him.
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VyrasJul 23, 2013
A solid sci-fi action film with a pretty cool premise. Jude Law and Forest Whitaker work pretty well together in buddy cop sort of way, Liev Schreiber also does well. The story though is pretty generic and the ending will both surprise and irritate.
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BroyaxJan 11, 2017
Trop long, le film s'en sort à grand'peine par son cynisme sur la sécurité sociale du grand futur où les organes artificiels sont devenus un abominable bizness de gros bâtards de multinationales usurières. Le côté dystopique est ainsi bienTrop long, le film s'en sort à grand'peine par son cynisme sur la sécurité sociale du grand futur où les organes artificiels sont devenus un abominable bizness de gros bâtards de multinationales usurières. Le côté dystopique est ainsi bien rendu puisque dans le cas où la dernière hypothèque de la baraque ne suffit plus à payer les traites du nouveau coeur, les "repo men" viennent prendre repossession de l'organe impayé : cruel mais juste...

Tout cela se tient assez bien ma foi avec ces "Blade runners" de la récup' jusqu'au moment de la "rébellion" téléphonée et sans surprise qui transforme alors le film en débauche d'action médiocre au fil des brèches s'ouvrant de toute part que les scénaristes tentent de colmater avec du chatterton et du fil de fer. Seule la fin tente de se rattraper in extremis, cynique elle aussi, comme un obèse tente de se rattraper aux branches d'un jeune arbrisseau, finissant par l'écraser de tout son poids dans un splatch énorme.

Sanguinolent et d'assez mauvais goût avec toute sa charcuterie, Repo Men ne fait certes pas dans la dentelle ; heureusement, les acteurs font ce qu'ils peuvent, hormis l'indécrottable radasse Alice Braga, horripilante tête à claques qui pète plus haut que son cul. La musique se repose beaucoup trop sur de crispantes chansons merdouilantes pour ajouter une sorte d'aspect "décalé" (ironique peut-être ?) à la situation.

Repo Men fait donc preuve d'un manque de suite évident dans les idées malgré son postulat intéressant et son acerbe critique du (prochain ?) système de santé (future) des Américains.
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