Escape to the Movies: Repo Men

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Honestly, I don't care how unoriginal it may seem. To me, you can't go wrong with Cyberpunk Action thrillers.

I liked Blade Runner and Total Recall, and I LOVED the Running Man and Robocop,
and after a terrible month this is exactly the kind of corporate inhumanity I need to see given manifest.

Thanks for the review, Movie Bob!

Seriously? Carice van Houten is in this? And you almost pronounced her and Paul Verhoeven's names right. Well, almost. No disrespect though, I've noticed dutch names are hard for foreigners. Also, Blackbook was indeed pretty awesome!

On topic: I've never seen or heard of Repo! The genetic opera thing, so i'm probably gonna watch this instead.

Wow, that was the worst way the name Carice van Houten could possibly have been pronounced. Ever. I laughed.

Jude Law.. pulling of action hero.... A bold claim! :P

Nonetheless, you've convinced me that it's worth a shot.

If you cite the excellent Black Book (far, far superior to Inglourious Basterds) and assert that Equilibrium was awesome( cruelly snubbed by other critics if you ask me) then you've got my vote. If there was one.

Equilibrium is a sort of guilty pleasure of mine actually...

Repo Men has to be better than Surrogates- I nearly walked out of that mess of a movie.

Isn't this premise actually much, much older? Future dystopia where a ranking member of the tyrannical establishment has a change of heart and struggles against the controlling authority? That goes back at least as far as 1984 and Fahrenheit 451, and draws heavily from Ayn Rand's Anthem and Yevgeny Zamyatin's We.

Main differences these days seem to be: stories with bureaucrats aren't as popular as movies with ass-kickers, and these days, the protagonist is more likely to succeed instead of a depressing or ambiguous ending.

But so what if you rip off a premise? That's a time-honoured practice in creating fiction. We wouldn't have 1984 if Orwell hadn't read We. The only thing that matters is the execution.

I know that the whole premise of this movie is ripped off of REPO: The Genetic Opera, but honestly, I think I'll like this more. I really did not like REPO. Good premise and story, but I just couldn't get into the music or setting.
So I think I'll give this movie a go.

MovieBob:

MaraJade03:
Wait.... If MovieBob says he didn't remember REPO! TGO while watching Repo Men.... Then what the Hell is the movie that Repo Men borrowed their ending from he was talking about!?!

If I told you, I'd be potentially spoiling one of TWO movies, one of which is a bona-fide classic :)

Aaaawwww ;_; need to do some searching to find and watch this bona-fide classic :P

Black Book was a terrible movie.

Simpsons did it!!! Simpsons did it!!!

Sheesh you guys, everything has been done before. EVERYTHING.

haha I knew he was gonna say Equilibrium right before he did =) loved that movie

I liked the concept, regardless if it's a rip-off..

...and, time to track down a cinema that's showing this.

Saw a pre-release screening of it a week ago--absolute garbage. Unlike Moviebob's claim that it merely isn't original, this movie is a shameless, shallow ripoff. Absolute garbage.

Also, to the pont in the review about Black Book--another horrible movie. What's up with Moviebob? His taste has suddenly dropped off the edge of the earth.

Repo Men has one of the most frustrating and stupid last minute plot twists I've ever seen.

Withard:
For those too lazy to look for other reviews here we are.

So far, the film has received generally negative reviews. It currently holds a "generally unfavorable" score of 29 out of 100 at the review aggregator Metacritic, based on 11 reviews from mainstream critics. It also holds a "Rotten" score of 16% at Rotten Tomatoes, based on 37 reviews. The site's consensus is, "Repo Men has an intriguing premise, as well as a likable pair of leads, but they're wasted on a rote screenplay, indifferent direction, and mind-numbing gore."

Metacritic is shit though, it only includes American reviews and it's only ever from newspapers. It's why Moon, the best film I saw last year, has a rating of about 60 on there because of shit like San Francisco Chronicle and Christian Science monitor.

How is this not a rip off of REPO the ROCK OPERA starring paris hilton

MovieBob:
Okay, here's the thing:

The reason "Repo: The Genetic Opera" isn't mentioned is that I - honestly - completely forgot that it had ever existed until someone brought it up. I saw it (once, didn't care for it, obviously left next to no impression) but literally was not reminded of it once while watching this. In any case, unless I'm COMPLETELY mis-remembering TGO, it and Repo Men don't have much in common aside from one broad plot element and a (fairly generic) name for a profession.

Is this one of those movies that was a bigger deal in certain territories than others? Because it's basically a non-entity here in the States. I'm honestly amazed that THIS many people are concerned with the integrity/legacy of what at the time struck me as a Troma-esque musical spoof. Ah, well...

It was a cult-classic. Not a big fanbase but a very loyal one. I thought it was worth mentioning.

People, people, the core concept of Repo Men is not original to the Genetic Opera movie. A very similar concept was featured in the Monty Python movie The Meaning of Life (and that Python clip even featured in the movie itself; Law and Whittaker were watching it at one point). Also, it's an idea which requires the tiniest amount of creative thought to approach, given the current spirit of the times. I mean, think about it: foreclosures, repossessions, economic turmoil...

Extending that to our bodies, beyond our material possessions is not a tremendous logical leap by any means.

The biggest failing of this movie was a lack of strong direction--it appeared rather unfocused to me. However, I did love the ending, which struck me as incredibly similar to the ending of

It struck me as appropriate to this film, however, and not a ripoff. Although the events were pretty similar, the themes and context concomitant were differentiated enough for it to feel more like an homage, or unintentional congruence, rather than copycatting.

In closing, it was a plenty adequate movie, even taking the gore into account, which there is indeed a lot of (but, in fairness, the film's core idea would have fallen flat on its face if there hadn't been a lot of gore).

Anyone notice this is the exact story of "Repo! The Genetic Opera"?
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EDIT: Okay I see others have brought this up. I like that poster though so I kind of want to leave it there O_O

So far, it seems everyone is under the impression that "Repo Men" ripped off "Repo! The Genetic Opera." Not so, it's actually based off a 2009 sci-fi novel by Eric Garcia entitled "The Repossession Mambo", which has recently been retitled "Repo Men" due to the movie, in the same way Philip K. Dick's "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" was renamed "Bladerunner" following the release of Ridley Scott's groundbreaking film. However, whether or not "Repo! The Genetic Opera" inspired Garcia to take the concept and run with it into a different direction within his novel, and I assure you all he took was the organ repoman concept because the rest is wholly original, is unknown, you'd have to ask him. So, get off your "WTF he ripped something off" high horse and either read the book or watch the movie, or both. Everyone rips concepts or premises off all the fucking time, look at all the Zombie, vampire, alien, robot, or time travel books that have been written. The concepts may be old, but it's in the new and inventive way a writer or director views it that makes it original. So, quit bitching and just see the movie or don't.

To much like Repo! The Genetic Opera for me, IŽl skip it.

grahariel:
So far, it seems everyone is under the impression that "Repo Men" ripped off "Repo! The Genetic Opera." Not so, it's actually based off a 2009 sci-fi novel by Eric Garcia entitled "The Repossession Mambo", which has recently been retitled "Repo Men" due to the movie, in the same way Philip K. Dick's "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" was renamed "Bladerunner" following the release of Ridley Scott's groundbreaking film. However, whether or not "Repo! The Genetic Opera" inspired Garcia to take the concept and run with it into a different direction within his novel, and I assure you all he took was the organ repoman concept because the rest is wholly original, is unknown, you'd have to ask him. So, get off your "WTF he ripped something off" high horse and either read the book or watch the movie, or both. Everyone rips concepts or premises off all the fucking time, look at all the Zombie, vampire, alien, robot, or time travel books that have been written. The concepts may be old, but it's in the new and inventive way a writer or director views it that makes it original. So, quit bitching and just see the movie or don't.

Gabriel, the book is a ripoff, plain and simple. It didn't just steal the premise from REPO!, it stole everything. Spooky Dan goes over a large number of plot points in his blog, here.

The 3 top science fiction movies of the 21st century are Equilibrium, Moon, and District 9. Um, aren't you forgetting quite the seminal work?: the Matrix. Your critiquing license should be striped and burned for missing that no-brainer. Although, I'd love to hear your reasoning for leaving the Matrix out (and yes, I know it came out in 1999, but still).

OBZ:
The 3 top science fiction movies of the 21st century are Equilibrium, Moon, and District 9. Um, aren't you forgetting quite the seminal work?: the Matrix. Your critiquing license should be striped and burned for missing that no-brainer. Although, I'd love to hear your reasoning for leaving the Matrix out (and yes, I know it came out in 1999, but still).

Still what? It's not part of the 21st Century. Unless you mean those god awful sequels and I sincerly hope you don't.

Okay I'm glad someone mentioned Repo: The Genetic Opera.
Same premise, exactly except the main character has a friend instead of a daughter and there's no singing.
All I really want to know is when the FUCK was it decided that you can paraphrase a movie or book or anything that came out last year and make buckets of money on it?
Am I completely insane or is there such a word as plagiarism? Because I guess instead of reading or watching something and thinking to myself "I would have done this WAY better" I can actually DO so and get paid without getting sued? Or is that just for movie execs' "brilliant" cousins?

Best surgery/sex/hacking scene (or only one?)

Excuse me, but I would have assumed you are familiar with the Cronenberg ouvre, in which case you should have seen eXistenZ. (note, another Jude Law movie)

That movie had an interesting tweak on the idea of STD/computer virus, in the case of this movie were somewhat interchangable due to the whole surgery/hacking part.

double post, sorry.

Hm, did surprise me, MovieBob not mentioning the borrowed premise from Repo! the Genetic Opera.

Whatever. I'll still check it out-it'll be interesting to see what they did different, how they did it, etc. The effect will be miles away from the spectacularly campy Repo! but maybe in a good way.

And now I'll also have to add Black Book to my list.

I find it weird that he didn't comment on the fact that this movie shares its premise with "REPO! The genetic opera."

Ok jackholes, we get it. The movie is a lot like Repo! The Genetic Opera. The difference is that since it's not desperately trying (and failing) to become a Rocky Horror Picture Show style cult hit for all the hot topic fags of this generation, Repo Men might actually be watchable.

OBZ:
The 3 top science fiction movies of the 21st century are Equilibrium, Moon, and District 9. Um, aren't you forgetting quite the seminal work?: the Matrix. Your critiquing license should be striped and burned for missing that no-brainer. Although, I'd love to hear your reasoning for leaving the Matrix out (and yes, I know it came out in 1999, but still).

Because it came out in 1999, and thus would be one of the top 3 sci-fi films of the 90's? And if you mention either of the the sequels I will brain you with a table leg.

Just saw Repo Men. I am still trying to decide whether I am happy with what transpired over the last two hours of my life or not. It starts out very much similar to Repo!, save for the world in which the film takes place is mostly bland and uninteresting to look at. Imagine New York with slightly more gigantic floating billboards and you have a basic idea. Blade Runner this is not. Mr. Jude goes about his business of being a certifiable psychopath, repossessing organs and being rather likable as a remorseless killer/family man until said accident occurs and suddenly he's on the other side of the looking glass. This is where I feel his character completely falls apart.

His 180 turn from cool, calm killer to tree-hugging humanitarian is so abrupt and jarring as to make it completely unbelievable. This is a man who has murdered people with surgical precision for years. A veteran of the business who goes about the repo process without so much as batting an eye, and only now does he stop to think that maybe these are actual people with feelings and loved ones? The much more probable scenario is he gets his new heart, takes a quick breather, and then goes back to work with the knowledge that he's safe within the arms of the company he works for as they would probably never kick one of their most important assets to the curb. If anything he would see himself as a testament to the company and living example of the very power he and his employers wield.

Instead he gets cold feet, falls behind on his payments, and the film thus reveals itself for the mindless (though rather well done) action flick that it is. Once he's on the run it is one gore splattered fight scene after another. Surprisingly, this is actually where the film comes into its own. The action is tight and brutal, a well executed affair that left me applauding. So when the "big twist" ending came, one which renders what I consider to be the better half of the movie a mute point, I was left dumbstruck by how unnecessary and out of place it felt. This is not a smart film, it does not have anything worthy to say rather than the obvious and tired tropes that have all been said before and better. Yet it tries to present itself as deep and highbrow while at the same time reveling giddily in the violence on display. After nearly an hour of uncomfortable flip-flopping it had finally settled into the comfortable nook of "brainless action flick" and the unwarranted left turn at the very end left me with a bad taste in my mouth.

And this is coming from a man who LOVES his twists endings. I can't get enough of the "good-guy-fails" motif, when the setting is ripe for it. But I felt like I had just watched John McClane shoot the evil british terrorist only to get hit by a bus as he walks out of the building. Except not nearly as dramatic. This is more like him choking on a peanut on the ride home. It just doesn't work.

PS: And to top it off, the film pretty much tells us that if Jude Law's character HAD stuck it out and repossessed a few dozen organs he would have more than made his payments and ended up scott free, making his predicament even more unlikely.

Alright, we all know that this is a rip-off or Repo! The Genetic Opera, which I agreed, but we should all stop mentioning it... Also, this movie and Repo! is not a rip-off of Monty Python's sketch because that was about the guy being an organ donor. The sketch was not organ repossession, it was merely he was an organ donor and they need his organs and never specified that he need to be dead first to donate them.

Thanks for reviewing this movie Bob. I was hoping you would pick this one this week. and FINALLY, someone else knows about and appreciates Equilibrium!

BlackKnight42:
Alright, we all know that this is a rip-off or Repo! The Genetic Opera, which I agreed, but we should all stop mentioning it... Also, this movie and Repo! is not a rip-off of Monty Python's sketch because that was about the guy being an organ donor. The sketch was not organ repossession, it was merely he was an organ donor and they need his organs and never specified that he need to be dead first to donate them.

If you notice, that sketch is actually in the background during one of the film's scenes.

This movie was practically a big budget rip off of Repo! The Genetic Opera, which had way more blood, and was epic.

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