Men” is set slightly in the future, and is the story of a corporation
that rents out organs (heart, liver, pancreas, kidney, even replacement
knees), charges 19% interest on them, allows three
months grace if you don’t keep your payments up, and then has Repo Men
who take the organs back again.
It has Jude Law, Forest Whitaker, Liev
Schreiber and Alice Braga as its stars, and I still can’t figure out
whether it was meant to be a comedy or a tragedy. I kept thinking of Woody Allen’s
“Sleeper,” where they’ve gotten the nose of the Great
Leader and are trying to clone it and restore him to life.
assume, for the sake of argument, that this is meant
to be a tragedy, or at least a drama, because I didn’t laugh once
during the film, where normally at a comedy I at least feel that someone is
trying to make me laugh, whether I do or not. Here Jude Law is, shall we say, all
business, until he meets Alice Braga, someone who’s had just about
everything in her body replaced, including ears and a knee, and decides to
destroy the entire corporation, with its hundreds of goons all shooting at
him (and missing, of course) as he finds his way into the heart of the
company and – I know I’m giving this away – blows it all
up, thus releasing all those replacement part from having to be paid
for. I don’t think the Tea
Party people will be happy with this; because if you look at it one way
it’s just going to add to our deficit, after all.
and Whitaker are partners as Repo Men, and Liev
Schreiber is their boss, and Law holds onto a wishful dream that one day he
will be a salesman of replacement parts – he does have a wife and a
10-year-old son, after all, and what kind of life is it to have your father
killing people by the hundreds in order to take back their hearts and
livers? But soon his wife kicks
him out of the house, he doesn’t have enough money to pay for his new
heart, oh and I don’t think you really want to know what happens then,
do you? The only thing I’d
say is that I didn’t laugh once.