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Based on Eric Garcia's novel 'Repossession Mambo', "Repo Men" produces a gruesome science fiction thriller to portray a bleak and morally decadent future for mankind. Artificial organs can be purchased from a mega-giant corporation called The Union to prolong human lives but if the borrowers default on the high-interest payments, repo men will hunt them down and mercilessly remove the artificial organs using brutal and primitive ways.
Remy (Jude Law) and Jake (Forest Whitaker) are former military buddies now working as tough repo men for The Union. Their heartless boss Frank (Liev Schreiber) encourages desperate clients to sign borrow first, repay later deals to profit from the exorbitant interest rate charged by the company, not much different from the tactics of aggressive modern-day Ah Longs, money lenders, insurance and loan companies. As expected, Remy's wife (Carice van Houten) doesn't support his job and eventually leaves him, taking their son with her. Following an accident on his last task, Remy's own heart gives way, forcing him to take an artificial one. The literal 'change of heart' sees him developing a conscience for the corporation's organ recipients. When The Union starts to hunt him down, he teams up with another renegade client (Alice Braga) and plots to take down the corporation.
Although "Repo Men" aims to be an action movie, it ends up being rather confusing because it zips in between various flashbacks and brutal gory scenes with hardly any narratives to link them together. Law and Whitaker portray a convincing rapport to highlight the close personal and working relationship between them. Even though there aren't any serious attempts to build their characters, some of the most effective scenes in the movie feature Remy and Jake in their car, engaged in amusing banter about identity and ethics while patrolling the area for payment defaulters.
"Repo Men" shows dark humour through sound and vision when we see Remy listening to mambo music on his headphones while cutting open a debtor's flesh to extract and repossess an organ. The movie's message on corporate greed and immoral business tactics is overshadowed by its explicit violence and gory body horror. Be prepared to cover your eyes for much of the film if you can't bear the sight of blood and the barbaric cutting of human flesh.Cinema Online, 02 June 2010