March 28, 2010
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Director: Miguel Sapochnik
Writers: Eric Garcia/Garrett Lerner
Producers: Scott Stuber
Starring: Jude Law/Forest Whitaker/Alice Brager/Liev Schrieber
BBFC Certification: 18
Duration: 111 minutes
In the future humans have extended and improved our lives through highly sophisticated and expensive mechanical organs created by a company called "The Union". The dark side of these medical breakthroughs is that if you don’t pay your bill, "The Union" sends its highly skilled repo men to take back its property… with no concern for your comfort or survival. Former soldier Remy is one of the best organ repo men in the business. But when he suffers a cardiac failure on the job, he awakens to find himself fitted with the company’s top-of-the-line heart-replacement… as well as a hefty debt. But a side effect of the procedure is that his heart’s no longer in the job. When he can’t make the payments, The Union sends its toughest enforcer, Remy’s former partner Jake, to track him down.
is set in the near future with Jude Law and Forest Whitaker being the main characters in the movie. The story and the idea is a great one and depicts the story of the hunter becoming the hunted, however there were some points in the movie when it felt like it was steering out of control but luckily enough, it steered back on track. The acting was great and Forest Whitaker was brilliant, as he is in all of his movies and Jude Law surprised me with his good performance as Remy, he doesn’t deserve any awards but he was good to watch and he made you believe his character. The characters were well created and you liked who you were supposed to like and hated who you were supposed to hate. The direction is great and the visualisation of a near future like this is quite a scary aspect. The greatest thing in the movie was the unexpected ending as it added a nice touch to a great idea.
Repo Men is a good thriller movie that’s a little heavy on the action but in a good way. Forest Whitaker is brilliant as the tough Jake and Jude Law’s performance surprised me as he played Remy fantastically. Even though the acting is without a fault, the movie just wasn’t so strong. Some of the action scenes were cool and slick but there were one or two scenes that I found a little ridiculous. Don’t get me wrong, the movie was very enjoyable but it’s not a movie that I’d remember in ten years time and it’s not a movie that I’d watch again in a hurry. It’s a pretty good movie that has plenty of twists and turns and the idea and the story is great but I felt like there were a few scenes that could have been executed better.