Repo Men Offers Organ Repossession Without the Operatic Warbling

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.



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  • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

    Since when is Jude Law Mr. Action? I mean really? But you know what. This looks like fun. A nice fucked up commentary on the business aspect of health care. Love it.

  • Dedpool

    Since when is Jude Law Mr. Action? I mean really? But you know what. This looks like fun. A nice fucked up commentary on the business aspect of health care. Love it.

  • tokyojesusfist

    I don’t see how an artificial organ could be so expensive, especially in the future (over $700,000? Yeah right), or why the government would allow a corporation to go around killing people for no real reason. You could pilot a Deathstar through these plotholes.

    • Matthais777

      How they can be so expensive is the same way that computers, while requiring parts that 90% cheap as heck pieces, have their prices rocketed up by A.) Cost of design B.) Cost of manufacturing C.) Cost of skilled workers to create the more difficult pieces D.) Cost of shipping fragile parts and finally and most importantly E.) The profit margin of supply in demand. For example, CURRENTLY a kidney can sell on the black market for 85,000 dollars. Now, legalized that price would shoot up, especially if someone, say a company, had the patent on kidneys and no one else could sell them but them. People figure their willing to pay anything to save their life, and that drives the price they can charge way up. As far as “Governmental Control” you don’t see that stopping our medical crisis now do you? And as far as not letting them kill people to return their property Genetic Opera explained that rather well (Yes, i saw it, yes i loved it, yes i cannot WAIT to see this one!… might have something to do with my lack of masquera. >.>). Simply put, with the shit ton of money that the company makes before the government can put control over it they can bribe just about anybody. Then consider the amount of older members of congress who may feel in debt for the saving of loved ones or their own lives. Plus, the people who stand against the company are going to be few and far in number, and generally just people who don’t have it already done or have a loved one who have had it done. Cause the company can just shut it off whenever they want. Also, we don’t know what the government is like in this verse (Your apparently a friend of star wars, shall we go through the plot holes in how the government works their?)and this company could BE the goverment (See “Hypercorp” style of government). Finally, and most importantly, the reason i went on for so long about this, it’s FICTION! Fiction will almost always have plot holes in it, things we think the characters could have done better. But it’s called willing suspension of disbelief, and if you try it sometime you may find yourself absolutely loving this and just about any non-documentary movie. (Course, some shit can’t be saved, but there you go.)

      • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

        CLAP CLAP CLAP. That was just awesome and well thought. I hope you pop up in some of the other threads.

  • tokyojesusfist

    I don’t see how an artificial organ could be so expensive, especially in the future (over $700,000? Yeah right), or why the government would allow a corporation to go around killing people for no real reason. You could pilot a Deathstar through these plotholes.

    • Matthais777

      How they can be so expensive is the same way that computers, while requiring parts that 90% cheap as heck pieces, have their prices rocketed up by A.) Cost of design B.) Cost of manufacturing C.) Cost of skilled workers to create the more difficult pieces D.) Cost of shipping fragile parts and finally and most importantly E.) The profit margin of supply in demand. For example, CURRENTLY a kidney can sell on the black market for 85,000 dollars. Now, legalized that price would shoot up, especially if someone, say a company, had the patent on kidneys and no one else could sell them but them. People figure their willing to pay anything to save their life, and that drives the price they can charge way up. As far as “Governmental Control” you don’t see that stopping our medical crisis now do you? And as far as not letting them kill people to return their property Genetic Opera explained that rather well (Yes, i saw it, yes i loved it, yes i cannot WAIT to see this one!… might have something to do with my lack of masquera. >.>). Simply put, with the shit ton of money that the company makes before the government can put control over it they can bribe just about anybody. Then consider the amount of older members of congress who may feel in debt for the saving of loved ones or their own lives. Plus, the people who stand against the company are going to be few and far in number, and generally just people who don’t have it already done or have a loved one who have had it done. Cause the company can just shut it off whenever they want. Also, we don’t know what the government is like in this verse (Your apparently a friend of star wars, shall we go through the plot holes in how the government works their?)and this company could BE the goverment (See “Hypercorp” style of government). Finally, and most importantly, the reason i went on for so long about this, it’s FICTION! Fiction will almost always have plot holes in it, things we think the characters could have done better. But it’s called willing suspension of disbelief, and if you try it sometime you may find yourself absolutely loving this and just about any non-documentary movie. (Course, some shit can’t be saved, but there you go.)

      • Dedpool

        CLAP CLAP CLAP. That was just awesome and well thought. I hope you pop up in some of the other threads.

  • http://www.myspace.com/kurotsurugi The_Strongest_There_Is

    I for one want to see this movie and Did see REPO! Genetic Opera. The story in the Genetic Opera was an interesting one, but the main reason I want to see this movie is because they don’t have horrible singers with the worst lyrics ever written. I liked the concept but I honestly would have rather they took real songs and melded the musical genre into a rock story with better lyrics. No offense to anyone that liked it, I just found it more comical in its horrific lyricism and delivery than good in execution. “WHy are my genetics such a Bitch” – Boo! Warbling.

  • http://www.myspace.com/kurotsurugi The_Strongest_There_Is

    I for one want to see this movie and Did see REPO! Genetic Opera. The story in the Genetic Opera was an interesting one, but the main reason I want to see this movie is because they don’t have horrible singers with the worst lyrics ever written. I liked the concept but I honestly would have rather they took real songs and melded the musical genre into a rock story with better lyrics. No offense to anyone that liked it, I just found it more comical in its horrific lyricism and delivery than good in execution. “WHy are my genetics such a Bitch” – Boo! Warbling.

  • Joseph Peter Savitski

    This is based on a great novel called “The Repossession Mambo”, a terrific cyberpunk hybrid yarn. I never really saw Jude Law as the lead, maybe his agent wants him in an action movie with his name above the title. Can’t wait.

  • Joseph Peter Savitski

    This is based on a great novel called “The Repossession Mambo”, a terrific cyberpunk hybrid yarn. I never really saw Jude Law as the lead, maybe his agent wants him in an action movie with his name above the title. Can’t wait.

  • tokyojesusfist

    No matter how you spin it, it’s bullshit that artificial organs could cost so much in the future, and it’s pretty unlikely that the government will allow private companies to go around killing people for shits and giggles.

    It’s gaping plot holes like these that made me completely skip District 9. When you haven’t even seen the movie and are already failing to suspend disbelief, something has gone wrong.

    • Drake

      What was wrong with D9? Oh cause it put aliens in a camp and mistreated…yeah humans haven’t done that before…*cough* Hitler *cough* Humans would do it.

  • tokyojesusfist

    No matter how you spin it, it’s bullshit that artificial organs could cost so much in the future, and it’s pretty unlikely that the government will allow private companies to go around killing people for shits and giggles.

    It’s gaping plot holes like these that made me completely skip District 9. When you haven’t even seen the movie and are already failing to suspend disbelief, something has gone wrong.

    • Drake

      What was wrong with D9? Oh cause it put aliens in a camp and mistreated…yeah humans haven’t done that before…*cough* Hitler *cough* Humans would do it.