January 12, 2011

Justify My Netflix: Repo Men

(Like many Netflix customers, I too can get quite lax with the timely watching and returning of my movies, which of course defeats the entire purpose of having a flat-rate rental plan in the first place. To combat that, I am now writing standardized mini-reviews of each and every movie I end up watching through Netflix, both instantly and on DVD. Don't forget, all previous 'Justify My Netflix' reviews can be found on CCLaP's main movie page.)

Repo Men

Today's movie: Repo Men, 2010 (Amazon | IMDB | Netflix | Wikipedia)

Why I added it to my queue: Because it's an inventive science-fiction movie starring Jude Law, and I will watch pretty much any inventive science-fiction movie starring Jude Law ever made.

The reality: Ugh. Well, I can at least say that this movie was made decently, which is not always the case with these relatively cheap, fast-turnaround genre flicks; and for that you can thank newbie feature director Miguel Sapochnik, who before this had a background mostly as a storyboard artist and music-video director. But man, I just could not get over this movie's ridiculously f-cking stupid premise -- that in the future, transplant recipients can have their organs repossessed by bloody killers if missing one of their surgery mortgage payments -- a punchline of a plot dragged out into two endless hours, literally as if some pitchman and studio executive were getting high one night and bantering about classic Monty Python sketches, but then actually signed a development deal before sobering up again. And in fact, the film even shows the main characters watching on television one night that infamous Monty Python sketch on the same subject, an intolerable "winky-wink" moment that I guess is somehow supposed to absolve the screenwriters for such a blatant steal; and that's the biggest problem with the movie in a nutshell, that the filmmakers spend too much time showing you how they're in on the joke, the joke here being "this movie kinda sucks," instead of simply fixing the damn script when they actually had a chance to do so. Although I'm convinced that Sapochnik will be able to turn in a much better film in the future if given a much better script, this definitely ain't it, but instead one of those quite obvious B-grade paycheck flicks that come and go each year in the blink of an eye. If you're looking for your Jude Law science-fiction fix, just rent Gattaca and skip this one altogether.

Strangest piece of trivia: Forest Whitaker performs all his own martial-arts scenes, having been a student for years now of Filipino Kali.

Worth your time? No

Filed by Jason Pettus at 10:36 AM, January 12, 2011. Filed under: Movies | Reviews |