Yes, I am painfully aware that “Repo! The Genetic Opera” has been around in various forms for quite some time, and I’m also aware that its fanbase is somewhat rabid in its devotion to the project. However, I’m not one or them. In fact, “Repo!” was one of the worst genre-related endeavors I experienced in 2009, right next to the remake of “It’s Alive” and Scary Madison’s boring teen slasher “The Shortcut.” In other words, I really couldn’t care less that Miguel Sapochnik’s upcoming organ repossession yarn “Repo Men” shares several similarities with Darren Lynn Bousman’s insufferable gothic codpiece. Besides, don’t they both have Manjula Padmanabhan’s “Harvest” to thank for these borrowed ideas in the first place? Something to think about when you’re unbridled rage is causing your Hot Topic mascara to run down your pudgy cheeks.
For the uninitiated, a synopsis:
In the futuristic action-thriller Repo Men, humans have extended and improved our lives through highly sophisticated and expensive mechanical organs created by a company called The Union. The dark side of these medical breakthroughs is that if you don’t pay your bill, The Union sends its highly skilled repo men to take back its property…with no concern for your comfort or survival.
Jude Law plays Remy, one of the best organ repo men in the business. But when he suffers a cardiac failure on the job, he awakens to find himself fitted with the company’s top-of-the-line heart-replacement…as well as a hefty debt. But a side effect of the procedure is that his heart’s no longer in the job. When he can’t make the payments, The Union sends its toughest enforcer, Remy’s former partner Jake (Academy Award® winner Forest Whitaker), to track him down.
Now that the hunter has become the hunted, Remy joins Beth (Alice Braga), another debtor who teaches him how to vanish from the system. And as he and Jake embark on a chase across a landscape populated by maniacal friends and foes, one man will become a reluctant champion for thousands on the run.
“Repo Men” is scheduled to remove your bitter heart on April 2nd, 2010. Try not to whine too much when you watch the trailer below.