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Repo Men [Import]

Jude Law , Forest Whitaker , Miguel Sapochnik    Unrated   DVD
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Remy (Jude Law) and Jake (Forest Whitaker) are best friends and The Union’s most dangerous repossession men, reclaiming top-dollar organs when recipients fall behind on their payments. But after an on-the-job accident forces Remy to be outfitted with a top-of-the-line heart replacement, he finds himself in debt and unable to pay. Now, the hunter becomes the hunted as Jake will stop at nothing to track him down to finish the job.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Repo Men takes place in a future where many people are facing crippling debt for their artificial organs. Two long-time friends (Jude Law and Forest Whitaker) are the best at repossessing these organs in a violent and deadly manner when customer accounts fall into arrears. Things get turned on their head when one of them ends up with one of their company's synthetic hearts and faces a sudden bout of conscience. I found this movie very compelling, full of ultra-cool violence and social satire. There is a really dark humour throughout that definitely won't appeal to everyone, but I loved it. Liv Strieber really stood out as the hilariously heartless boss who can't turn off his greasy salesman persona, even when dealing with friends. You could easily see this as a commentary on the current health care crisis, but I felt is was more a look at humanity. The repo men are so desensitized, so completely removed from reality and what they are doing that it is genuinely shocking. It is disturbing to see them enjoying a casual family barbeque after killing people without a second of remorse. An entertaining story that will make you think, while not taking itself too seriously.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting take on the Repo Man April 20 2013
By Robert Badgley TOP 500 REVIEWER
Repo Men(released Mar/10)stars,among others,Jude Law,Forest Whitaker,Liev Schreiber and Alice Braga.If you think this is just another remake of the /84 film Repo Man,think again.This film goes beyond the simple concept of that film,whose premise about the world of the folks who repossess goods to pay back debts was both serious and funny.No this film is serious all the way,with a decidedly sharper edge to it.
The film's premise here is based around the two main characters of the film,Whittaker and Law.They are a couple of guys whose relationship extends back to public school,through the service and now as Repo Men.But this isn't modern day but 2025.The two work for a huge conglomerate whose main function is to offer VERY pricey body replacement parts to clients.Law and Whittaker go after those who default in their payments by literally taking possession of the replacement organs on the spot.The fact that the person more often than not dies,is of no consequence.Also the company actually prefers a default,as they end up making more money! A company with a heart.
The film follows these two amigos through their "routine" days.Law's marriage shows signs of severe strain and Law has openly suggested to his pal that he might be transferring off the street and into sales.However during a routine repo of a man's heart,Law's defib unit short circuits,almost killing him.When Law comes to he's laying in a hospital bed with one of his companies artificial hearts inside him.Law wants it out,but unfortunately cannot survive without it.
When Law leaves the hospital and goes home his wife coldly gives him his briefcase and he is out on the street.He heads to Whittaker's for a place to crash.Soon the two are back out in the street but something has occurred with Law.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Got more than i expected! Jan. 9 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I only assumed that I'd simply get the blu ray enhanced version of one of my favourite movies, but to my surprise it was full of so many extra scenes and extras that I was blown away. This is a fantastic buy if you've loved the movie and if you haven't watched it, I really recommend getting this to see it in all it's glory.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bon film Sept. 24 2014
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Le film Repo Menest un bon film que je recommande un peu futuriste.
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51 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Healthcare With An Inhuman Touch March 31 2010
By B. Merritt - Published on Amazon.com
Being summarily clobbered by movie-goers and critics alike, REPO MEN will obviously not be for everyone. But it will be a great movie for the right person, and I was obviously one of those "right" people.

So who is this movie directed at and why? Well, it's a combination of a smart espionage thriller in a science fiction setting, with a little comedy thrown in for good measure. This might sound like a recipe for disaster, but it is anything but. But is it right for you? That's a tough call. If you're in the medical field and are concerned about healthcare insurance, it will definitely pique your interest. If you enjoyed such films as Kill Bill and Bringing Out the Dead, this will be right up your alley.

So why did I rate the film so high? Let's look at it for a minute...

It's topical without being "in your face." It never tells you to believe that private insurance carriers are "bad" and simply shows us a ridiculous possible future where organs are built in factories and everyone who needs a pancreas, a liver, an ear, or whatever, can get one ...for a price. The Union is run by an unscrupulous business man named Frank (Liev Schreiber, Defiance). He's basically a used car salesman trying to get you to sign on the dotted line for organs you desperately need. But make sure you don't miss any payments after you've gotten your new kidney. Why? Because if you don't pay the exorbitant prices and interest rates, your organ will be repossessed. Oh yes, even if it's your heart. How will you survive without it? You won't.

Remy (Jude Law, Closer) and Jake (Forest Whitaker, Where the Wild Things Are) are two of these Repo Men and they're very good at their jobs. With surgical precision, they can track and excise overdue organ owners with gory efficiency. But when Remy is forced to get a new heart and begins falling behind on payments, he begins to see the other side of his previous life.

This sounds like a pretty straightforward premise. A sort of Darth Vader understanding where his son was coming from plot. And that is only partially true. Jude Law does an excellent job playing a tough-guy with absolutely no conscious about ending a person's life if their delinquent on their bill. He is absolutely believable as a disconnected man only interested in money and being a great contract employee for The Union. This is seen early on when we witness him retrieving a liver in a rapid manner, making a beautiful incision and ripping the organ out. He heads to the previous owner's sink, rinses it off, packs it up, and heads out while stepping over the now probably lifeless man. Impressive. The gore is essential here to show the audience exactly HOW disconnected Remy is from humanity.

Jake, his partner, is even further gone than Remy. He enjoys his job so much that he's willing to do anything to anyone in order to ensure he and Remy can keep working together.

In the midst of Remy's life is a relationship that's falling apart and a son who is the only thing that keeps him remotely grounded. But when Remy suddenly needs a heart replacement, things rapidly change. You can see the wheels spinning in the back of his head after he returns to work. Would a Repo Man come after him if he failed to pay? What does it mean to have a piece of metal in his chest where his heart used to be? Does this make him less human? Or, in some bizarre way, does it make him more human? These are questions that are left up to the audience to decide.

The ending was telegraphed just enough to give it a fun twist without coming out of the blue. I kind of picked up on it after a significant fight sequence, and you might to if you pay attention. It is enough of an "a-ha!" moment that'll make some film watchers gasp.

With the current, raw, political climate I think this film was excellently timed to hit the big screen. Think about where our healthcare is going and who you want to control it, and this film will cut into you, too.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars REPO MAN Oct. 24 2010
By Kenyatta Malachi - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an excellent blu ray movie with excellent futuristic visuals set in an ultra modern metropolis. Based on a credit system, if you have an organ transplant, and have not payed your bill on time, instead of paying a late fee, a repo man is sent to repossess the organ while you are still alive! You either die on the spot, or if you have other means for a quick transplant, you better do it before it's too late! Imagine if that became your future, with black market donors being a refuge for those who can't afford it. This movie is insanely excellent with two men whose job is to rip your insides out for pay!
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Repossessing Cinema May 19 2010
By Alexander Liu - Published on Amazon.com
Like the unfortunate organ re-donors in this science-fiction thriller that have been rebuilt from borrowed parts, so too does Repo Men suffer the fate of being a movie built upon the foundations of many a science fiction cult classic.

This is all a truly tragic fate, considering the moments of sheer brilliance present in this all too familiar cautionary tale set amidst an all too familiar dystopian future. In 2025, top-dog Remy (Jude Law) has the thankless task of brutally repossessing the artificial organs for which their owners have defaulted payments on. He does so with surgical precision until that one day, when a fateful slice would open Remy's own heart to the plight of humanity.

With a plot largely transplanted from Fahrenheit 451 into the world of Repo: The Genetic Opera, cauterized with a sprinkling of Blade Runner and more than a few stitches of Brazil, Repo Man may have become in itself a cautionary tale against a clockwork picture. Also starring Forest Whitaker and Alice Braga, Repo Men is an unapologetically gory affair, fast paced and frenetic, yet suffering from uneven heavy-handedness.

While newcomer Miguel Sapochnik excels at juggling the dramatic with the sterile action set pieces with the deft hands of an early Steven Spielberg or John Carpenter, the picture ultimately suffers in his inability to skillfully suture together those crucial visual clues, thus telegraphing the ending well in advance to anyone paying attention, though having a `borrowed' ending once again does not help matters much either.

Yet in spite of this, the picture remains an enjoyable, if not déjà vu invoking thrill ride. One cannot help but root for the protagonist and empathize with the surprisingly layered, if not clichéd, antagonists. Though it may lack the explosive intensity of a Michael Bay film for example, the intimate storytelling places attention not so much on the action, but rather on the situations, allowing audiences to better connect with this character driven piece than the more visually oriented science fiction action films.

As such, it should be unsurprising that the cast is mainly comprised of dramatic heavy-hitters that outperform the picture. It is a bold and unusual move, and certainly strange to see not one action marquee name among the cast, with the possible exception of Liev Schreiber. And projecting a more tortured soul than the genre would normally call for, Jude Law, who only recently joined the action scene with his debut in Sherlock Holmes, joins the cast in elevating Repo Men to a clockwork movie actually worth winding.

If only it had been more original, perhaps Repo Men would have become a classic in its own right. However, for a flawed experiment, it still remains one hell of an enjoyable ride.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than expected. Aug. 25 2010
By R. White - Published on Amazon.com
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After having seen a couple of reviews before I bought this I was pleasantly surprised to find this film to be much more entertaining that expected. The ending was also a big plus in my opinion.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A surprisingly good film Aug. 21 2010
By Judy K. Polhemus - Published on Amazon.com
Jude Law as action actor? Jude Law as violence personified? Indeed, and please add a notch to his acting credentials because he is convincing in his buffed up body.

Jude Law has always exuded a bit of effeminate presence, like the refined Ashley in Gone with the Wind. But here, he plays a survivor of the mean streets, then a solder returned from war with nothing to do but continue his violent behavior. However, he finds the perfect job which utilizes all his skills--as a repo man. In this bleak look at a dystopian future, the medical world has landed the perfect product--retrievable and permanent body parts. Heck, sell them to anyone because if they don't pay, the part is repossessed by the Repo Man, who wears an identifying tatoo on his neck.

Although the ineffable Forest Whitaker lends strong support (as always), Law still stands on his own. Frankly, I was impressed. As for Whitaker, no matter what role he accepts, he steps into it, making that character his, fleshing him out, making him real. In the story these two characters--Law and Whitaker--grow up together, playing violence for all it is worth in making them oblivious to the pain of others. The audience watches them in flashback snippets grow to the way of violence and know they are perfectly suited to steal into homes and confiscate body parts in arrears, knowing they are causing death. Too bad. They should have paid.

Moral callousness aside, Law loves his son. To keep him, he must ask for a job in sales, not repossession. His wife insists on this change. Things happen (can't be a spoiler) and Law himself is given a heart. Not knowingly, not willingly, but through happenstance, Law is given a heart. Entendre here. He has a heart and now reconsiders his job as a repo man.

Of course, he gets behind in payments because he can no longer rip out organs as he once so indifferently did. It's his turn to lose his heart. More complications. His wife forces him out, he meets a singer he admires and learns that she is a conglomeration of artificial body parts. Whitaker is assigned to take his heart.

That's about all I can relate without spoilers. I was so surprised by the ending. I can say, given the setting, given the characters, it is perfect. Unexpected, but perfect. I disagree with reviewers who find this a hodge-podge of story pieces, much like the singer's body. Instead, the disjointed story line and disconnected characters work together in creating a provocative world transposed from our current world of healthcare woes and mean street hardening of character. But the underlying message is hope--there's always hope as long as we are alive. But then again, the movie raises another question: What does it mean to be alive?
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