Starring: Jude Law, Forest Whitaker, Liev Schreiber, Alice Braga
Director: Miguel Sapochnik
Running time: 111 minutes
Trailer: Watch it here
In a nutshell: Set in an unnamed city of the future, a shady company called The Union provides top of the range artificial organs for anyone that needs them. Remy (Jude Law) and Jake (Forest Whitaker) are Repo Men, the guys who come and cut out The Unions property from any patients who have fallen behind on their payment plans.
What's good about it? After years of disappointingly watered down action movies like Lethal Weapon and Die Hard's 4th instalments, its good to see films like Repo Men following in the footsteps of Kick-Ass and giving us an old fashioned, claret spilling action flick that pulls no punches. Forest Whitaker pleasingly chews the scenery and Liev Shcreiber puts in a good turn as a sleazy executive.
What's not so good? The plot is, frankly, ridiculous. Of course a film about men coming and cutting out people's organs because they can't pay for them is going to be ridiculous but this crosses the line into nonsense. The characters often stop what they are doing to describe the plot, and for a film to spend so long explaining itself and still not make any sense is quite an achievement. Jude Law is thrown a love interest almost as an afterthought, a women he just kind of bumps into once or twice. There are two twists, both unsatisfactory and some bizarre pseudo sexual surgery scenes (try saying that quickly three times). But really, the film's weakness is its depiction of a ridiculous dystopia where apparently every other person has a fake organ and owes money to a company that murders people quite openly and frequently. And no one complains? No one stops and says, hey, maybe I shouldn't buy this liver? Nothing in the film adds up.
Verdict: A film that that pushes the audience's suspension of disbelief to breaking point. If you're the sort of person that will let a plot hole ruin a perfectly good disembowelment... avoid this one.