Saturday, November 19, 2011
bad/awesome flixxx review: Repo Men (2010)
"At the end, a job is not just a job, is who you are, and if wanna change who you are, you have to change what you do..." - Remy
"My job is simple. Can't pay for your car, the bank takes it back. Can't pay for your house, the bank takes it back. Can't pay for your liver, well, that's where I come in." - Remy
"Almost every job I do ends the exact same way. Some whimper. Some cry. Some even laugh. But in the end, they all do the same horizontal mambo, twitching and thrusting their way into the great beyond." - Remy
I had no desire to see this flick, but upon watching a few scenes on a friend's computer, I decided it was totally worth it, based on the premise. Pretty simple plot, but put together complexly enough. Personally I figured out what was going to happen about 5 minutes into only because I've read a ton of Philip K. Dick books, and it also had a MINORITY REPORT feel (also written by Dick). Jude Law, Forest Whitaker, Liev Schreiber, and cameos by John Leguizamo & the RZA in REPO MEN!!!
Its the year 2525, and Jude Law works for this company who will replace your liver, lungs, pancreas, eyes, kidneys, heart, and basically whatever else- for a price. Then they wait 90 days, and they have a little timer inside of them, and if you can't pay. Bang, they come back and "repo" the replacement parts from you. He grew up with Forest Whitaker and they used to fight each other, and actually STILL fuck with each other. But they are best homies. Jude Law's wife hates his job and she's always busting his balls to take a desk job instead of basically murdering people everyday. He doesn't want to do that, and neither does Forest. Forest wants them to take over infiltrating big "nests" of people hiding out who have "overdue" parts so they can rake in loads of cash at once.
So Jude Law decides to save his marriage since he has this kid, and he's going to take a desk job, but he has one last job to do, repoing the RZA's heart. But something goes wrong and he's knocked out by the defibulator. When he comes to, he's in the hospital and realizes they've given him a new heart. He's super pissed. He tries a desk job, but quickly comes to the conclusion that he's not fit to lie to these people, he can only offer them the grim truth. So he goes out to repo again, but find that he doesn't have the "heart" for it... GET IT?? Ok, so a dude beats the shit out of him, but Forest Whitaker is like, no way man, you HAVE to do this. His wife divorces him and he moves in with Forest. He meets this junkie singer chick after getting beat up, and he keeps fucking off and his payments become overdue. Basically he decides to help this chick. But she is majorly fucked up! She's got fake everything, except her lips- WHOAAAAA!
Jude Law tries to clear their "artiforgs" but its a no go. He burns his shit and they hole up in a hotel. He finds a typewriter and writes his life story in a few days. Then they come after them. He kills a repo man then takes his ride back to the hq and steals some jammers, and then they head to the airport, but they get stopped cause her leg is bleeding everywhere. Jude Law beats the shit out of the TSA, and then they escape while Forest Whitaker watches from the other side of a glass security gate. The chick takes them to John Leguizamo who gets a 9 year old kid to give the chick knee surgery. Then Forest Whitaker catches up to them, and they find out he rigged the defibulator so that Jude Law would keep working with him. Man he FUCKED UP! Then they have a big fight and Jude Law is knocked out, and so is Forest Whitaker.
Then the chick wakes up Jude Law and they split and hide, and find out that tons of "overdue" people were slain in the nest they were hiding in. They decide to fix everything by wiping the system clean. He meets up with his kid and gives him his manuscript and then goes to the main HQ of the whole repo men corporation. He goes to find the "pink door", and has to fight his way through a dozen or so repo men and women. He kicks their asses and its pretty good as far as action sequences go. They all use knives because they all have them to cut out organs. Pretty tough. Then he uses the chicks eye to scan them in. Then they see there is no computer, so they have to scan their own organs. She reaches in his guts and scans his heart, and then he reaches all over her and scans all her shit. Forest Whitaker and the shitty boss finally get in as Jude Law is scanning her last artiforg. Forest asked if she is worth it, and Jude Law is like "hell yes". So Forest kills the boss, and then puts some bombs in the drawer asking for the artiforg deposits. That seemed too easy to me. The place blows up and all is well. They are on a beach somewhere and Forest is holding Jude Law's book. The kid had is published. All is well... Right? Wrong. Flashback to when Forest knocks Jude Law out with that chain. Everything after that was in Jude Law's head. Forest paid for him to have a brain implant that allows him to live dreaming for the rest of his life. BOGUS!!! Neat twist at the end, but it sucks for old Jude Law. That means the system just keeps on thriving and his little life didn't mean shit. Pretty heavy realization. Pretty heavy shit to lay on us at the end. Should you watch it? Yeah go for it. Eat some doughnuts or some cookies.