Thursday, March 24, 2011

Movie Review: Repo Men


Last year's Repo Men, starring Jude Law, Forest Whitaker, and Liev Shcreiber, is a movie almost everyone loathes. I can understand. It has major flaws. And it's open surgery porn, if there's such a thing. Jude Law's character, Remy, spends a lot of the movie digging around in body cavities. But there is something about it that makes me want to like it even though I hated the musical Repo! The Genetic Opera, which begins with the same premise.

The premise is interesting: in the near future, thugs called Repo Men will hunt you down and cut you up to repossess your artificial organs if you fail to pay for thirty days. The gore will make your asshole twitch. The black humor is nasty.

The problem begins when you realize you're not suspending your disbelief enough. The story needed a bit more thinking through, more fine-tuning. There were themes and ideas that could've been explored better and handled with more sophistication even amidst the blood sprays. And the twist ending was utterly stupid.

Then again, there was a sexually-charged scene involving invasive surgery. The cheekiness of that gimmick and others, as well as the acting of the three leads, makes me admit that this movie has a place in my list of films that I don't regret watching. Not very high on that list though.

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