Repo Men is Miguel Sapochnik‘s adaptation of Eric Garcia‘s novel Repossession Mambo, starring Jude Law, Alice Braga, Forest Whitaker, Liev Schreiber, Carice van Houten, RZA and John Leguizamo. [And for the Community folks out there: Yvette Nicole Brown in a mini role.]
Remy (Jude Law) has been working as a repo man for the Union (a medical company) with his best friend Jake (Forest Whitaker) for quite a while now, even though his wife Carol (Carice van Houten) repeatedly asked him to stop, since what he’s repossessing is organs. But Remy can’t find the courage to ask his boss Frank (Liev Schreiber) for a transfer into sales. After an accident, Remy wakes up in the hospital to find himself with an artificial heart. And that changes everything for him.
Repo Men tanked, as you probably know. It didn’t get good reviews and in Austria, it didn’t even get a cinematic release. So, my expectations were low, but I honestly have to tell you: Repo Men is not that bad. The premise is good (and better dealt with than in Repo! The Genetic Opera), the cast is excellent and the soundtrack is really interesting. Is it a perfect film? No. But it doesn’t deserve the bashing it’s gotten.
I liked the ending, which I did not see coming in that way (though in hindsight, it is the perfect explanation for quite a few things). Generally I thought that the plot was very well handled.
The characters got a little less care. Remy’s and Jake’s coldness when it came to the repossessions seemed a little too much at times. They could have been a little more conflicted about it. On the other hand, I guess it is quite logical that you would become that cold and distant if your job was to slice open other people to remove their organs.
The cast was brilliant. Especially Liev Schreiber, but also Jude Law (who was never hotter – he’s usually not really my type, but in this case… yum). It was great to see John Leguizamo again (in something that was not The Happening), even if only for a very brief moment. And I quite like Alice Braga. And I don’t think I need to say that Forest Whitaker was fantastic.
Miguel Sapochnik as a director didn’t blow me away, but he did an adequate job and since it’s his first feature film, I guess that just leaves room for improvement.
The soundtrack was an interesting mix of your usual action movie score and smooth blues numbers, a little bit of Moloko and RZA. Quite an eclectic selection and one that fit the film surprisingly well.
Summarising: Do give the movie a try. You should be in for an entertaining evening at least.