Friday, March 19, 2010

Let's All Go to the Lobby!

Repo Men

Jude Law does his best impression of an action star in "Repo Men" which hits theaters today. Set in the near future, Law works as a repossession expert - only he's repossessing organs for The Union as opposed to cars or houses for banks. The Union is a major corporation which sells artificial organs - usually on credit. If you default on that credit, Law and Forest Whitaker swoop in to take them back. What unfolds over the course of two hours goes like this: Man works for system, man wants out of system, system makes man need system, man rejects system and sets out to bring the system down.

The film is basically a mix of Blade Runner, Minority Report, and Vanilla Sky - not an exact ripoff any of the three, but thematically similar. "Repo Men" doesn't reinvent the genre, nor does it add anything new. The action is well choreographed, the special effects are well done, and the overall concept is interesting. The most exciting sequence is a slight homage to "Oldboy," but aside from that there's no reason anyone should pay to see Jude Law pretend to be an action star. Skip it.!v=jl9Nvg4yuus

Thanks to Bill Mead for additional support in this review.

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