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"Repo Men" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Stephen Hornbrook

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Synopsis

In the year 2025, technology has advanced to the point where artificial organs of any kind can be created. A company called The Union has taken full advantage of such technology, providing the people with a simple, yet expensive, way to extend their lives. The catch? When you fall behind in those hefty monthly payments, the repo men are dispatched to reclaim the company's property.  During the sales pitch, it is explained that the artificial organs will be removed from the client's body in a harmonious manor and that this hardly ever happens.  Most look past this and sign immediately to receive their fresh new liver, lungs, or heart. What choice do they have? Sign, or suffer from a dying organ.

The story focuses on Remy (Jude Law), a successful repo man for The Union.  His job comes easily for him, slicing and dicing helpless souls just to get paid and support his family.  His wife hates what he does for a living and for years has been asking him to quit for the sake of her and their son.  Remy wants to give it up, move on to sales in the company, but it just seems everything is against him.  He tells himself, "just this one last job" - a high paying gig, retrieving several organs from a musician.  All does not go as planned when he gets shocked by his defibrillator, knocking him out cold.  Remy wakes up to discover he now has his own piece of Union gear.. an artificial heart.  This is his moment of awakening where he finally looks at himself and his view of the world, seeing it through new eyes.

The rest of the movie deals with Remy going from the hunter to the hunted, as he fails to make payments on his new heart, the Union comes to collect.

Specifications

  • Universal
  • 2010, Color, R / Unrated, 2 Hr
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: AVC
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
  • Starring: Jude Law, Forest Whitaker, Liev Schreiber
  • Directed by Miguel Sapochnik
Rating
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: Nudity
  • Language: Bad

Commentary

Repo Men was not received very well by both the critics and the movie-goers.  I would not have had any interest in watching it if it weren't for a recommendation from a friend.  Well I quite enjoyed Repo Men from start to finish. The cast is great, with Leiv once again playing a skeezy scum bag so very well.  If you enjoyed movies like Crank, The Transporter, or any other over-the-top action flic, then you owe it to yourself to at least rent Repo Men. It's the kind of guilty pleasure you will find yourself watching more than once.

Technical

Overall, the picture quality was good, but there were scenes where contrast was weak or the color was off.  For me though, the soundtrack more than made up for it.  I found this enveloping DTS-HD track to be one of the most entertaining I've heard in some time.  Excellent dynamics and front soundstage along with engaging surround effects make this a demo-quality disc.

Extras

U-Control Picture-in-Picture, Audio Commentary from the film makers, Deleted Scenes, The Union Commercials, A short 6 minute look at the visual FX.