Repo Men Creates A Bloody Mess

Humans have extended and improved our lives through highly sophisticated and expensive mechanical organs created by a company called The Union. The dark side of these medical breakthroughs is that if you don't pay your bill, The Union sends its highly skilled repo men to take back its property... with no concern for your comfort or survival. Remy is one of the best organ repo men in the business. But when he suffers a cardiac failure on the job, he awakens to find himself fitted with the company's top-of-the-line heart-replacement... as well as a hefty debt. But a side effect of the procedure is that his heart's no longer in the job. When he can't make the payments, The Union sends its toughest enforcer, Remy's former partner Jake, to track him down. Now that the hunter has become the hunted, Remy joins Beth, another debtor who teaches him how to vanish from the system. And as he and Jake embark on a chase across a landscape populated by maniacal friends and foes, one man will become a reluctant champion for thousands on the run.

It really is too bad that Repo Men ends up up coming across as a sort of cinematic puzzle that all the pieces don't seem to fit together. You can feel that director Miguel Sapochnik had all the best intentions to successfully mix the elements of sci-fi, action, thrillers, gore, and black comedy together. The problem is that his execution just comes out feeling messy and all over the place.

There's no denying that first-time feature director Sapochnik knows how to give a movie atmosphere and bring extroardinary imagery to the screen. He dioes a great job at showing and communicating contrast. A perfect example of this is when the extremely battered, bruised, bloodied, and dirty Jude Law and co-star Alice Braga break into the sterile, clean, and stark white product manufacturing area of a medical devices facility. The contrast is just beautiful. The cinematography is definitely not the problem with this film.

The problem seems to lie with the pacing. It's like a rollercoaster ride - up and down and up and down. It pulls you back and forth between action and drama a bit too much.

There's really only two other issues I have with this movie. There's a scene where Law and co-star Braga are making out with each other and getting a bit heated up, if you know what I mean...while they're surgically removing each other's artificial body parts. It really ended up coming off as just being a very cheesy attempt at sadomasochistic sexual exploitation. I almost got whiplash from my head rolling around so much on my neck. My next problem was with the ending. It just felt overdone and overextended. Kind of like there were two different endings the director could have went with and instead of picking one, he decided to use both.
It's one of those "surprise" twist endings that you want be impressed with, but as you're walking out of the theater, you realize that there's a sense of deja vu overtaking you.

Overall, Repo Men does what it's supposed to for the audience. It will entertain you with some great violence - driven action, some thought-provoking messages, a dash of dark humor, and cringe-worthy surgical scenes. Mix that with top-notch acting from Law, Forest Whitaker, and Liev Schrieber to come up with a tolerably fun little flick to pass your spring break away. I have to say, though, that I doubt that's all the director was trying to make. Better luck next time. (Review by Eric Shirey)