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Repo Men not worth recovering.

Watch out for the Union.
Watch out for the Union.
poster image courtesy of cinemablend.com


Repo-Men, starring Jude Law (Jake) and Forest Whitaker (Remy), contains a dark, often comedic look at the dark side of healthcare. Humorous and disjointed, it plays like a fantasy film or the imaginative yarnings of a graphic novel. It delves in a pool of gore and backstory both uninteresting and flat, and at no point to do you care or follow the overall motivation of its two main characters.


The plot is simple, albeit unoriginal, and is rumored to be a take on a theme already examined in Repo! The Genetic Opera.


But let's not go there. This film was ambitious, but lacked something to push it over its dull, blood-ridden edge. Perhaps the stereotyped portrayal of men involved in one of the world's dangerous professions and their befuddling one-dimensional traits. We see Jake, one of the best repo-men working for a company known as the Union, an elite force of recovery agents who find past due clients and violently, well, surgically, rip out hearts, pancreas' livers, and other vital organs for carriers unable to pay the astoundingly, astronomical monthly bill on tickers and blood cleaners ranging in prices no one can afford. (Perhaps this is a sly, satirical look at our nations healthcare issue?)


Whatever the case we're supposed to care and root for Jake when suddenly he finds himself on the other end of his professional spectrum; thing is, we don't, and we have to sit and wonder why we should for two hours. Maybe someone should have recovered the film cannister from the UPS or FED-EX dude that delivered this debacle of science fiction.


This film is playing at most Harrisburg area theaters

 

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