Author: Newman, Kim
Date published: September 1, 2010
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THIS IDENTIKIT DYSTOPIA extrapolates from current headlines to envision a future America where deadbeats who can't keep up the payments on artificial replacement organs are liable to be ambushed by repo men who cut them open lo take defaulted-on kidneys, pancreases or hearts.
It takes a long hour to get lo the point sold by the trailers, as repo man Remy (Jude Law), himself the recipient of a heart he can't pay for. has to go on the run from his best friend and colleague. Jake (Forest Whitaker). This fulurecop-rebets scenario - achingly familiar from Logan's Run. Equilibrium. Minority Report and so OH - doesn't gei over the hump thai the Remy we see zapping folks and ripping out their insides is such a smart-arsed bastard we're more likely to enjoy seeing him suffer than care aboui his regeneration into a nicer person.
The relationship between buddies-turned-adversaries Law and Whi taker is ridiculously convoluted, edging both leading ladies (Alice Braga, Carice van Houtenjouiof the film entirely. Liev Schreiber, at least, is fun as the suilweasel baddie. Director Miguel Sapochnik offers Hash, a lot of spiai and a borrowing from Terry Gilliam in lieu of an ending.
EXTRAS Director commentary, deleted scenes, those RoboCop-style horrible future adverts, FX demo, theatrical and 'unrated' cuts of the film.
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