Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Repo Men

So this movie is about two guys who work for a organ transplant company that creates organs out of machines. Their job is to reclaim the transplant company's, called The Union, property if people are unable to pay for their transplants - which is more often than not. It's a gruesome job, but someone has to do it. And these two guys are good at their job and have no remorse. It is after all, a job.

One of the guys, Jude Law's character named Remy, gets into an accident on the job and wakes up to find out he's been given a new heart, courtesy of his employer, The Union. This was a life or death situation and so Remy wasn't asked if he wanted this new heart. And he knows all too well the repercussions of having this new body part. Obviously, the story continues on with Remy unable to make the payments and so he becomes the people that he used to hunt down. A love story is involved, though it's not with Remy's cold-hearted (pun intended) wife. It's with a woman who's entire body (except her lips) are replaced with robotic body parts. She might as well be a robot. Ironic? I guess so.

The movie is an entertaining, action movie. Jude Law plays the tough, I-will-beat-the-system lead character. Forrest Whitaker plays his best friend, which we had doubts about him being an action character. But he did a passable job as the tough, wise-cracking, loyal to The Union, best friend. We do find out that his character has selfish ambitions and becomes a little darker than what I've seen Forrest Whitaker do before. And Jude Law and Forrest Whitaker being best buds? A stretch. It looked forced. But there were some parts of male jibbing that Wes found amusing. Probably because guys really do that stuff to each other in some sort of weird male bonding thing.

I have to admit, there was one part where Jude Law looked pretty cheesy: He's wearing a tight sleeveless shirt tucked into tight pants and a harness that holds knives and all sorts of weapons. He's about to take on 8 to 10 bad guys by himself and the shot is just a studly shot. Cheesy - unless you like Jude Law in tight clothes with muscles bulging. Me? It didn't do anything for me but make me laugh.

Overall, not a bad movie. It was a little more gory than I anticipated it being. They don't shy away from body parts being smashed and torn open. And the ending resolved some questionable parts of the storyline. It did open in one of the theater's largest houses and I'm pretty sure it wasn't even a quarter full. What does that tell you about the drawing power of Jude Law? Not that great. But this is worth a Red Box rental. Probably worth a couple extra bucks if you go through Blockbuster. But you wouldn't miss anything if you didn't see this on the big screen.

Of course, this poster is kind of cool:

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