23 February 2011

Movies: Repo Men

Repo Men http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1053424/

Dystopian future sci-fi thriller starring Jude Law, Forest Whitaker, Liev Shreiber (and a little bit of John Leguizamo, who doesn't get in near as many good/big roles in good movies as he should).

Medical science has developed artificial organs, not only the big ones like hearts, lungs, kidneys, livers, but even eyes, ears, joints, etc.  Law and Whitaker are repo men tasked with recovering the organs from folks who fail to make their payments exceeding three months' time.  Which is fine, until Law's character receives an artificial heart and falls behind on his payments.

Has some nifty fight-action scenes. Shows a future that, in some ways, looks somewhat like a less-crowded Blade Runner without the flying cars or dirty Minority Report-ish without the self-driving cars.  Good cast does well with a decent script.  Did a good job of showing minor things to the audience that actually have bigger societal repercussions in its world, without going into a bunch of explaining. Nice nuance on their part.

Throws the viewer into moral quandary - are we really supposed to root for a guy that pulls functioning critical organs out of people who can't continue to pay for them?  Yeah, the future portrayed is pretty horrible when you see it. Sort of a worst-case we're all screwed type of future.  

I found the flick quite entertaining on multiple levels. Does a good job of unsettling the audience.  

(original post 4 Jan 2011)

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