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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Overlooked
This is for the BD release. Worth getting this version for the slightly tougher and 8 minutes longer version of the film. I knew nothing about this film before I saw it, not even that it was a science fiction film (well, somewhat futuristic at any rate)... perhaps a far less cerebral take on the same world that GATTACA exists in, but what's happening more at the blue...
Published on 7 Jun 2011 by P. Edwards

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2.0 out of 5 stars Good initial idea but after like 15 minutes somebody ripped the heart out of this film - and most of other organs too...
I was very eager to discover and enjoy this very dark Sci-Fi thriller - but sadly I was very disappointed. Below, more of my impressions, with some limited SPOILERS.

In 2025 bio-mechanical organs are nearly perfect and can replace most of real ones if need be. However those organs are so expensive that most customers buy them on credit from the Union, a...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Overlooked, 7 Jun 2011
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P. Edwards "cinemarts" (Australia) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Repo Men [Blu-ray] [Region Free] (Blu-ray)
This is for the BD release. Worth getting this version for the slightly tougher and 8 minutes longer version of the film. I knew nothing about this film before I saw it, not even that it was a science fiction film (well, somewhat futuristic at any rate)... perhaps a far less cerebral take on the same world that GATTACA exists in, but what's happening more at the blue collar levels of society. Make no mistake, it is violent and bloody - but it is also extremely funny, in the blackest and best way. The hard sell of FULL THROTTLE ACTION smells of a marketing campaign that tried to sell it as something else, but there is enough action to keep that genre's fans reasonably happy. But wait! There's more! Its take on a future society, and in particular the medical world, is savage and somewhat sadly may not be too far from the truth. Worth getting the BD for the extra unrated version as well as the theatrical cut and the film's visual and sound effects definitely benefit for the ramp up.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 'WHAT THE FUTURE MAY HOLD', 15 Jun 2014
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rbmusicman (U.K) - See all my reviews
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The film tells the story of of desperate people agreeing to hyper-expensive 'organ replacement' that many of them have little or no hope of paying for......if they fall behind in their payment they will get a visit from 'the Repo-Men' who are paid to take back that which cannot be paid for.
'Remy' ( Jude Law ) and 'Jake' ( Forest Whitaker ) are two of the best in the business of reclaiming 'body-parts'
The two grew up together, and had previously served in the 'forces' together, they were work colegues and more importantly-friends.
'Remy's' wife did not like the work that her husband was doing, it caused a strain on their relationship, if he didn't quit, he'd be seperated from both his wife and son.
After substaining an injury in the line of work, 'Remy' wants to call it a day, however he too is in debt having signed up for his heart replacement.
Now, he to is on the run and links up with 'Beth' (Alice Braga) as they try to flee the oncoming 'repo-men'
What will happen now is that 'Jake' his long time friend is assigned the task of hunting them down ?
The film is different, i would say it does take a while to get going, however get-going it does and really it turns into a pretty good watch, better than many critics gave it credit for..
There are quite a few scenes to make you 'cringe' ---be warned.
'Jude law' acts his socks-off , a really good part for him, also a competent role from 'Forest Whitaker' who allmost allways gives a decent performance.
All in all, worth a spin.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Underrated Sci-Fi, 22 Sep 2010
This review is from: Repo Men [Blu-ray] [Region Free] (Blu-ray)
Im slightly baffled of the tearing up of this movie by critics upon its theatrical release. Although it's far from perfect, it certainly delivered as an entertaining sci-fi thriller. Perhaps its because the trailer/cover promised "full throttle action" that many were expecting. Or perhaps it's the gory elements that turned many people off. Either way, like a previous reviewer stated, it is a fresh take on the sci-fi genre, with some over the top gore and extreme violence, this is definitely not suited for the younger crowd. It is true that the film offers little explanation of how society has become the way it is and I would have definitely appreciated if a few questions were answered throughout, but the concept was intriguing enough, even if a little too extreme to happen in the very near future, and the twist near the end was pretty neat. Jude Law and Forest Whitaker do a decent job in their roles, and the film flows well throughout, although the middle act does take it down a notch. For those expecting an all out action film may be slightly disappointed. The film only features a handful of these, but when they do arrive they offer intense, unrelenting and gory violence that some may appreciate for a change while others will undoubtedly be turned off by.

I should also mention that Repo Men boasts one of the most impressive soundtracks I've heard in some time, with some old school jazz and blues (particularly a stand out track by Moloko near the end) sprinkled throughout the film. A memorable appearance by John Leguizamo (who is strangely uncredited in the film but that may be because he doesn't make an appearance in the theatrical cut) and an excellent orchestrated corridor fight sequence which lends more than an honorable homage to Oldboy, ensures Repo Men is an enjoyable ride from start to finish and one which will more than surely provide a pleasant surprise to those who aren't expecting it
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The extras are ok but could have been beefed up a little more. Here is a list of them for those who are interested.

- Theatrical and Extended Cut (around 8 mins longer, with extra gore)
- U-Control - offers details on organ specs
- BD Live
- Social Blu - allows you to review the film on facebook/twitter
- Feature Commentary with Director and Writers
- Inside the Visual Effects (6 mins)
- 5 Deleted Scenes (8 mins with optional commentary)
- 7 Union Commercials (3 mins)

Give the movie a go (you may need a strong stomach to begin with) and you will be rewarded!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Good initial idea but after like 15 minutes somebody ripped the heart out of this film - and most of other organs too..., 22 Jan 2014
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Darth Maciek "Darth Maciek" (Darth Maciek is out there...) - See all my reviews
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I was very eager to discover and enjoy this very dark Sci-Fi thriller - but sadly I was very disappointed. Below, more of my impressions, with some limited SPOILERS.

In 2025 bio-mechanical organs are nearly perfect and can replace most of real ones if need be. However those organs are so expensive that most customers buy them on credit from the Union, a corporation which seems to have the monopoly for production and instalment of those things. In this world laws are so harsh that if a customer falls behind on payments, a "repo man" reclaims the artificial organ, which in almost all cases results in death. This film tells the story of two of such men, considered amongst the best in the business: Remy (Jude Law) and Jake (Forest Whitaker). Their Union supervisor, Frank (Liev Schreiber) also plays an important role in the story. Nothing more will be said.

The first 10-15 minutes of the film are really excellent albeit EXTREMELY shocking and DISTURBING. It was a genuine pleasure (although of quite dark nature) to watch them. Unfortunately, after that the film took a turn in a completely different direction and mostly became just another "standard issue" sci-fi/action B movie, with poorly developed characters, bad dialogs and with every next development being completely predictable.

The characters of Remy (a chillingly cold guy) and Jake (exuberant, extraverted and CRUEL) were initially well thought and they could be a really extraordinary team of killers (like Travolta and Jackson in "Pulp Fiction), but very quickly in the film the story separates them and makes them change into something much lesser and more banal.

When watching this film I had the same impression as in 2005 when I saw "Island" with Ewan McGregor and Scarlett Johansson. In both cases the initial idea was great and very, VERY dark - but then the movie makers got scared of their own courage and softened, diluted and as the result messed up their film, replacing most of the initial shock and awe with unnecessary and rather boring action scenes and concluding in both cases with a rather stupid ending.

Bottom line, this is a rather disappointing thing, with the exception of first 15 minutes, which are indeed worth watching. Rent rather than buy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Repo Men, 29 Jan 2013
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Not to be confused with Repo Man staring Emilio Esteves.
In Repo Men, the premise is that a big corporation is making and selling artaficial organs at astronomical prices and the needy recipients are signing up to eye-warteringly, financially crippling terms that eventually mean they cease to ba able to pay. At that point the Repo Men hunt them down and reposess the organs, usually killing the recipient in the process.
Slightly gory, but really impossible to take too seriously, and unlikely to happen in most western democracies because any government allowing a corporation to get away with murder would be quickly voted out. Having said that, our western democracies are not too ashamed to allow the banks to cripple the citizens financially, run off with all their money, decimate their pension funds and throw them out of their houses. maybe we are closer to the age of the Repo Men than we think.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Lame, 17 Jan 2013
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CL_London (London United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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The idea behind the film was excellent - the execution was poor. Could have been so much better. It's a 'watch it once and then forget it' film.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars great beginning not so great ending, 3 July 2012
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bizmandan (staffordshire, england) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Repo Men [Blu-ray] [Region Free] (Blu-ray)
A movie can go a long way on a strong central concept alone; if an idea is (at least somewhat) fresh and original, it's easy to forgive a film its minor shortcomings in favour of appreciating the things it gets right. Add a strong cast to that mix, and your odds of creating something that can turn heads increase exponentially. With an oscar winner and a two-time Oscar nominee comprising its central cast, Repo Men has all the star power of an A-list awards contender crammed into a gory B-movie. It hooks us with cheeky and dark humour, oddball character chemistry, and a Twilight Zone-style twist early on, then blows our goodwill as it steadily devolves into a shameless collage of every on the run film you have ever seen.

The main problem with Repo Men seems to lie somewhere between the direction and the ambitious screenplay. There's a strange kind of disconnect between the two that gradually builds throughout the course of the film, eventually coming to a head in the climactic scene between Jude Law and Alice Braga. It's as if the veil of illusion is suddenly lifted, and the absurdity of the whole thing instantly comes into sharp focus, poking us in the ribs and daring us to stifle our laughter as the line between satire and tragic drama becomes impossible to distinguish.

It's a shame, too, mainly because Law and Whitaker make such a fun pair as they pal around and engage in competitions to see who can collect the most organs, giving the first act the feeling of a demented sci-fi buddy film. Their tongue-in-cheek performances indicate that they're both well aware of the satiric tone the filmmakers are striving to achieve, yet later scenes indicate that even the director and screenwriters weren't quite sure how to give the proceedings gravity when the plot calls for it. By failing to strike a consistent tone that pays off in the end, the film makers left the film floundering.

I'm afraid Repo Men is one of those films that does have a great concept, great actors and, to a degree, great direction, but unfortunately it didn't know where it was headed and it ended on a low rather than a high point. Shame.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Great concept, poorly developed, 12 Jun 2011
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The main premise of the film is really interesting. Unfortunately its really poorly developed and I get the sense they went into production before they finished the script. Make no mistake, this is an average B-movie sci-fi made with a massive budget. The excellent cast alone might trick you into thinking this is a well put together movie... but it is not.

The end product is a slightly implausable, internaly inconsistent, messy film, mostly comprised of set-piece movie cliches bolted together end-to-end. Scene after scene is lifted from other more credible and critically aclaimed films. You can sense the desire to make an epic sci-fi on the scale Bladerunner, but filling the huge voids in the script with cliched set-piece scenes doomed that project.

Credit where credit is due though, at least the core concept is admirable, and in the spirit of genuine science fiction the film tries (albiet haphazardly) to explore a potential future injustice created as a result of an emergent technology.

Make no mistake though, this is a BAD film. If you read the back cover of the box and spent five minutes considering the implications of the premise, your time would be well spent. Sadly, once you have done that, there is nothing further to gain from actually watching the film, because the concept isn't explored, explained, or elaborated on. All you get is a string of cliched scenes bolted together like someone was making a film using a How-To manual.

Its a B-movie, and not in a good way.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Blackest of black comedies - derivative but bloody good fun!, 1 Mar 2011
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Cartimand (Hampshire, UK.) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Repo Men [DVD] (DVD)
Wow! A whole movie based on a 1980's Monty Python sketch (which makes a delightful cameo part way through)!

Repo Men is a very black comedy at heart (no pun intended), which should appeal to those of you who thought Ichi The Killer was a hoot! There's some genuinely witty dialogue between Jude Law and Forest Whitaker and a few laugh-out-loud moments (I loved the "SHE's the surgeon???!!!" scene!). You will, however, probably be grinning and wincing in equal measure, as there's plenty of blood 'n guts on show to melt the hardened gore-hounds' butter. There's also the occasionally quite profound bit of social commentary and satirical sideswipe at capitalism gone mad.

OK so the "twist" is ripped pretty well straight from Terry Gilliam's Brazil, but it's still rather good fun. Oh and the soundtrack is an absolute stonker - the Dave Stewart track as the end credits roll is gonna be stuck in my head for days!

Hardly Oscar material, but well worth a look!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun sci-fi with a bitter edge, 25 Nov 2010
This review is from: Repo Men [Blu-ray] [Region Free] (Blu-ray)
You get the feeling that the source material (which I've not read) for this film was a lot harsher, with Jude Law and Forrest Whittaker's 'Union Repo Men' stunning and then slicing and dicing people to take back artifical organs when they run behind on their payments. Liev Shreiber is lots of fun as their sardonic and surprisingly hands-on boss, getting his hands bloody with the business end of scanning in 'reclaimed' organs back at the office, but this feels like a movie with a lot of subtext and background missing, even in the 'unrated' blu-ray cut. Sonia Braga's sultry lounge singer is defined by her 'artif-orgs' rather than her personal history, and Jude comes across largely as looking like a buttoned-up thug version of his AI Gigolo-Joe character, who only starts to show any human empathy or compassion because he's suddenly thrust into the same boat as the people he used to butcher when he's forced to accept an artificial organ. It's hard to feel for a character who used to laugh at slaughtering people, even though the film tries by giving him a few crisis of conscience moments and a weak father-son relationship sub-plot.
Forrest Whitaker is better than usual as his slightly psycho best friend/new enemy, giving a tougher and far more agile and physical performance than his usual characters of late (eg his emotional dad in Vantage Point). Its nice to see, and helps elevate the film. There are few stand out set pieces, although a trap in a tower block and a mass tranquiliser dart attack are executed well. As a whole it's more violent and more fun than the magazine reviews will have led you to believe, but it's no classic.
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