Bloody, gory violence slashes to silver screen in ‘Repo Men’
In the film “Repo Men,” they paint a sci-fi portrait of a future world where you can prolong your life by buying body parts from The Union, the monolith company that sells artificial organs. The Union can sell you anything from eyes to hearts.
But there is a dark side to this operation. If you cannot pay for your body parts, bounty hunter-like men find you and surgically remove the body parts that you owe The Union.
They call themselves Repo Men, and they have to take these body parts by brutal force. This is because when people lose these body parts, it often is a death sentence.
We follow the life of Remy (Jude Law), one of these repo men. In the beginning of the film, he does his job without much feeling. He does his job with his best friend Jake, who is played by Forest Whitaker, who has no reserves in his job. He even takes glee in the sob stories that his victims tell. But several dramatic events happen that begin to show Remy what it’s like to be the one who fears the Repo Men.
The most striking thing about this film is the violence and the extraordinary amount of blood. You see Remy and Jake repossess the organs in graphic detail. There are also many other scenes that have an equal amount of blood. The film also has several action scenes that are very violent. At the beginning of the film, this is shocking and effective in showing the brutality of the repossessions. Yet every time they show this graphic violence and blood, it loses its effectiveness. By the end of the film, it seems dull and it doesn’t have the same effect.
My favorite aspect of the film is seeing the filmmaker’s vision of the future. I like seeing how the filmmaker creates a world he sees in his head. I like seeing every prop and costume that creates the worlds and how the future is stylized with things like color giving the setting a particular mood.
The writing and plot is OK. The concept of the film is interesting, and it keeps your interest through the film. The thing that hurts the film is the cliched nature of the writing. The film hits all the expected notes. You know when Remy sees a women singing in a nightclub, she will be a love interest. These are many examples of such obvious developments. The ending is the type of ending that will be great for some, and a horrible trick for others. I think it matches the fairly predictable nature of the film.
Law and Whitaker both do an excellent job with their roles. Law does a great job of showing Remy’s changing view of The Union and what they do. Whitaker plays Jake with the quality you would expect from him. Jake is angry at Remy for his changing worldview. Whitaker plays this rage perfectly and even gives a great monologue about why their jobs are important.
The entire supporting cast does a fine acting job with furthering the plot. The most notable being Alice Braga, the love interest, and Liev Schreiber, who plays a manager at The Union. All this great acting keeps the film entertaining and smoothes over the weaknesses in the story.