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Monday, June 28, 2010

[4.50/10] Repo Men (2010)


Repo Men (2010)

"Repo Men" is a sci-fi action thriller set in the near future, where a corporation called The Union supplies its customers with artificial organs to keep them going again and help them lead healthy lives. But there's a downside. If you don't pay for your artificial organs in time, The Union will send repo men to come after you and repossess your organs, even if your alive. The premise sounds pretty original, yet the execution of it is unfortunately very poor. The film starts off slowly, save a few surgical scenes and a bit of moral dilemma, nothing much else happens. The second part is twice as dull and the ending is especially ludicrous. In the performance department, Jude Law is fine, yet he looks a little bit uninterested in few scenes. Forest Whitaker, on the other hand, gives an excellent performance as his friend. Liev Schreiber, playing Frank, has nothing much to do with the script he was given. Alice Braga and Carice van Houten both give decent performances. Yes, this is a talented and well-known cast, but the film's violence and stupid mistakes become redundant. The actors sometimes rises above the material, but that is too far and in between. Some of the killing is cool, but there's so much of it, it's exhausting. The film's art design is ugly, modern and dystopian of course, but not in an interesting way, and the film stock itself appears grimy. All in all, "Repo Men" just takes itself too seriously, and at the end, it just doesn't work, because it is completely unrealistic and we can't understand anyone's motivations. It also lacks atmosphere and energy, and its directing is all over the place, which is a shame, since this film has such an intriguing premise and some great actors starring in it.

  • My Rating: 4.50/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 22% (4.2/10)
  • IMDb: 6.3/10

6 comments:

Dr Blood said...

I agree, Forest Whitaker was the only real highlight of this film. Well done for making it all the way through. It's one of the few films ever that I couldn't be bothered to finish watching.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I'd heard it was an extreme gore-fest.

Nebular said...

I honestly couldn't wait for it to end. The first half was decent and pretty watchable, but then it became almost painful to watch and the ending was laughably bad.

Nebular said...

Yes, Alex dearest, it was. Actually the gore scenes were the best part of this poor movie.

Jaccstev said...

I think Jude Law is miscast as a kind of tough guy who takes on dozens of beefy assailants and routinely leaves them pummeled.

Nebular said...

Well-said, Jaccsy!:) Jude Law is undoubtly very handsome, but extremely overrated as an actor.