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Repo Men is set in the future where corporations rule and the public, well, some are doing ok, some not so hot as there seems to be a large amount of people that need new organs, which is never really explained (it turns out to not really matter anyway). Jude Law is Remy, a collection agent of sorts working for The Union which sells artificial organs to people for large amounts of money (over $600K for a liver). Most people can’t afford the upfront fee so the Union happily sets their customers up with a payment plan. And just like a bank will come to recollect on a car loan that’s defaulted, so will the Union, which is where Jude Law comes in…
The story is largely based around the friendship of the partners and the estrangement between Law and his wife and son. Much of the controversy stems from an incident where Law has to get an artificial heart and the tables get turned on his character. There’s a pretty big twist in here with regards to these relationships that I won’t spoil for you, but suffice it to say that it took the movie up a few notches for me as it could’ve been kind of an average flick of this kind but was elevated by this unseen left turn. It’s nice to see a film veer off the typical formulaic path so many films follow these days.The movie is directed by Miguel Sapochnik, who does a great job bringing this well written script to life with a stylish, slick (and very corporate) picture of the future. He also does a good job making this film feel like it is set in the future, but not too distant at the same time. With the health care debate firmly in front of us, the theme is timely and makes you fear a little where things could go.
reviewed by Sean McKnight
This movie is loosely based on Maurice Sendak
I am pretty sure which way the filmmakers who made Repo Men would have voted on the health care issue. The movie rips and shreds the idea that there is anything sacred about lifesaving care or medicine. It postulates a wholly unregulated future where the only people who will get acute care such as artificial organs are the ones who can show the money or the ones who are willing to borrow it. And as soon as people cannot make the payments the organs are repossessed