Directed by Miguel Sapochnik
I ment to write this review up a few weeks ago. I’ve been so busy watching “Battlestar Galactica”, then “Caprica” and any other of the weekly T.V. shows that I watch, that I have had very little time to watch actual films. (Over the past three weeks I think I have only seen three. Which very well might be the biggest drought of cinema that I have ever gone through.) So I watched “Repo Men” a few weeks back and had a couple of things to say about it, only now, I completely forget what those things were. Let’s see if my ramblings triggers a few memories.
I like Jude Law. Though part of me wants to hate him. I don’t know why. Probably because even though he’s about as balding as a man can get, women all around the world find him endlessly attractive. It’s the accent, must be. Or those baby blue eyes… what was I talking about? Oh right, Jude Law. I like Jude Law. And he’s more than serviceable in this film. Forest Whitaker is also quite good. But he just happens to be one of those actors who is always good, regardless of the quality of film he is appearing in. Liev Schreiber is also entertaining, though his role is painfully small. No one else stands out in this movie. I even already forget basically every other character in it.
Memory number one is coming back to me now! The hypocrisy of violence in this film. For those of you who have seen the trailer, you understand that Jude Law is a repo man who repossess organs, basically killing everyone he does so from. But then there’s an accident and all of a sudden Jude has his very own special “reposessable” organ and he now feels such a connection to these people whom he was previously reaping, that he can no longer hurt them. So the repo men start chasing him. The hypocrisy of these events enters on the moral grounds of Jude’s decision. He decides not to hurt anyone else because everyone has a family and a name and a life and so on and so forth. But everyone who chases him or gets in his way of escape? He brutally (and I mean BRUTALLY) murders. Including men who are nothing more than security guards doing their job. Now of course, this makes the movie more action oriented and entertaining, but it removes all credibility from Jude’s character along the way. So there’s that problem.
Another point: Near the end of the film, for some reason, Miguel Sapochnik decides to recreate the hallway fight scene from the film “Old Boy”. Now anyone who has ever seen “Old Boy” knows how awesome that scene is and thus, this recreation pales in comparison. It just seemed random and out-of-place in this film, though I would be remiss if I didn’t note that Jude’s use of a hammer at the very last point brought a slight smile to my face. But again, who is Jude killing throughout this entire scene? Not repo men looking to hurt him, but security guards doing their job and protecting something. And Jude tears them apart.
When it comes down to it, this film hedges on two things. 1) The friendship between Jude and Forest and 2) The ending. In an attempt to not spoil the ending, I will only say that if you pay any attention to the opening fifteen minutes of the film, it will be painfully obvious where they are going with this. And even though the friendship between Jude and Forest works pretty well, the ending eventually robs them of a large part of their chemistry.
Anyway, that’s it for this one. Two more to go.
(Oh… and seeing them on the TTC subway, with no effort to even remove the initials TTC was pretty damn funny. Especially for someone who has just begun living in Toronto.)