Repo Men (0/10)
by Tony Medley
Run time 111 minutes.
Not for children.
This is a repellent,
nauseating, sorry excuse for a motion picture. Jude Law and Forest
Whitaker star as men in the near future who take organs from people,
killing them in the process, for a company that supplies human organs to
those who need it for a price. The catch is that the donees have to pay
huge fees on time and if they fail to make payments, the Repo Men are
sent out to take the organ back. The only type of person who could take
a job like this would be a psychopath, but both Law and Whitaker are
pictured as caring people.
Carice van Houten plays
Law’s wife, Carol, the only normal person in the entire movie, and Alice
Braga plays the girl Law meets who is composed almost entirely of
replaced organs. Liev Schreiber plays the avaricious boss to whom Law
and Whitaker report.
Maybe this would be an
interesting take if director Miguel Sapochnik hadn’t been so
bloodthirsty. What you get if you choose to support this movie, are
scenes that show graphic operations, knives slicing into the skin, hands
reaching into holes in the skin to pull out living organs, blood
dripping, nay, gushing, all over the place. There is no conceivable
reason to make a movie like this, save to disguise lack of talent by
There is nothing that shows
the horror of the victims. They are scared, but the end of life is
What is an Academy-Award
winner for Best Actor like Whitaker doing in a piece of garbage like
this? To my mind it shows either lack of judgment or lack of respect for
the award he received. It’s like a best actress winner playing in a porn
film. When you win an Oscar® you should have the integrity to choose
roles befitting of an Oscar®-winner. This is not such a role. Whitaker
is apparently proud of the fact that he’s a martial arts devotee and
this film gave him the opportunity to flout his prowess. That’s not a
valid reason for appearing in something this tawdry.
I knew after 5 minutes that
this was not a film of merit, that both the subject matter and the
execution of the story were so disgusting I felt demeaned by having to
sit through it. But sit through the entire thing I did because I also
knew that I wanted to write a review to warn people away from it.
While the story has
possibilities if it were in the hands of talented filmmakers, what
Sapochnik has created is pure, unadulterated trash.