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<I>Repo Men</i>: Surprisingly, It’s Actually About Something!

So I finally saw Repo Men. And yep, it was quite violent, and yep, it really is Repo: The Genetic Opera minus the singing, and overall it was a forgettable if moderately enjoyable experience for me personally just because I love all things that have fake blood spraying everywhere. If you don't specifically love that no matter what the quality of the screenplay that facilitates it, you shouldn't see this. That isn't to say there's nothing to discuss about Repo Men, however.

The movie isn't a masterpiece (and god knows the identical Repo: The Genetic Opera wasn't either), but it is interesting because it's a film that comes directly from a specific, very current anxiety a lot of audience members are feeling: that the costs of getting better when you're sick will someday bleed you dry. In Repo Men's future dystopia, health care has been privatized to the point that if one of your organs is failing you go to a corporation, have them run a credit check on you like you're buying a car, and you get a new mechanical one at an exorbitant cost. If you fall three months behind on payments, Jude Law or Forest Whitaker come to rip that organ out of you and leave you for dead. Things will never get to that point in real life, obviously, but it certainly is an ambitious and surprisingly effective allegory for today's healthcare tensions.

That's not to say that this is at all a political film; it's not -- it's largely a mindless gorefest, but the subtext is there, plain and clear, and to call it a completely hollow actioner just wouldn't be accurate. A waste of Jude Law's talent? That might be accurate. Another bland "wife" roll for Carice van Houten, who is capable of so much better? That would definitely be accurate. But you know what's cool? Forest Whitaker seems to have learned Krav Maga or something for this. And there is blood. Everywhere. If that does something for you, you'll be happy. If you're a fan of Jude Law because of his more highbrow projects, you will not. Oh, and if you just wanted to watch The Genetic Opera sans Paris Hilton's singing, it's got that going for it too.

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Watch an exclusive Q&A with Repo Men stars Jude Law and Forest Whitaker.

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