By M. Scott Morris/NEMS Daily Journal
Today’s health care debate hits the big screen in the form of a futuristic thriller.
In “Repo Men,” a company has perfected the art of making artificial organs, which are terribly expensive. If you can’t make the payments, then someone like Remy (Jude Law) will track you down, knock you out and take the organ on the spot.
It’s grisly work, and director Miguel Sapochnik doesn’t spare the blood in this R-rated feature.
Remy and his buddy, Jake (Forest Whitaker), are highly trained fighting machines, so the debtors don’t stand a chance. The closest thing the pair have to a philosophy is the often repeated saying, “A job’s a job.”
But that’s before an accident injures Remy’s heart. He gets one of the company’s top of the line models, and a hefty bill.
Remy loses interest in his profession, so he can’t make his payments. Before long, his old co-workers, including Jake, are on the hunt.
This science fiction adventure has a high body count. It’s disturbing to watch a team of company employees run down the transplant recipients as though they were a herd of wild buffalo ripe for the slaughter. There’s a bloody message in there somewhere.
The movie is based on Eric Garcia’s novel, “The Repossession Mambo,” and the screenplay was written by Garcia and Garrett Lerner. They came up with an interesting idea and put together a satisfying thriller that toys with today’s headlines.
But there’s a flaw in the movie that requires me to deduct serious style points. The company that makes Remy’s artificial heart is the same company that gave him the machine that wrecked his organic heart.
If you’re like me, the words “lawsuit” and “product liability” jump to mind, but there’s no mention of this natural, 21st century reaction in “Repo Men.” The legal situation could’ve been dealt with in a relatively simple way. The omission is distracting.
I give “Repo Men” a C plus.
It’s showing at the Cinemark in Tupelo, as well as Malcos in Oxford, Corinth and Columbus, and Hollywood Premier Cinemas in Starkville.
Kelli Karlson with Wizard 106.7 gives “Repo Men” a C. “I had hoped for more.”
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