Cover Art and Menus: 2/10
This has got to be one of the crappiest covers I have seen in a very long time. I mean, it’s boring, misleading, unimaginative, boring, unoriginal, boring, you get the idea. i’m not saying there is anything new under the sun for designers to use for cover art. Let’s face it, if recycled ideas would save the Earth, we’d be fine for another bazillion years! The thing is, this cover is just bland beyond words. Even the word bland is too exciting. We have a future world where body parts are manufactured and sold on credit for millions of dollars, and all they can come up with is a headshot of the stars and then a little blurb of them holding guns??? Ugh. I would not have this as a poster, no way.
The menu is another story. It’s not super fancy or anything, but they did make an effort. In face, the image on them menu, kind of an x-ray diagram of a human body and some kind of electronic read out like on a cellphone or computer over the top is pretty cool. I would have THAT as a poster, or mini-poster maybe.
- Unrated & Theatrical Cuts Of The Movie – The unrated version has more blood and a bit more gore, but other than that it’s not really that big of a deal. I like that they offer you the option though.
- U-Control (PIP/Tech Specs) – I like this feature. It’s fun to look at the different body parts you can buy , what they are made of, their prices, what they can do for you, etc. It’s got a lot of effort behind it and I appreciate that.
- Deleted Scenes – There is nothing here of much substance. Even the director and writer talk over the scenes and claim they find them often boring or too long…I disagree,but you cna understand why they didn’t make it into the movie.
- The Union Commercials – These are really a good little bonus. The Union is the big bad wolf of the story and these are their seemingly weird and uncomfortable commercials for body parts you can buy from them, or wives you can download for your virtual reality when you are in a coma. I would take a whole disc full of these little gems.
- Inside The Visual Effects – This is a brief look at some of the shots before the CGI is added, and added commentary by the director and special effects dude. They are kind of smart asses, but it’s a good way to see how things are created in the virtual movie making world.
- Feature Commentary With Director & Writers – I’m not a fan of the buddy buddy boy’s club thing, but they do a lot of talking. So, if you like lots of words in your commentary, this is the one for you.
The Movie: 4/10
I fall to my knees crying and screaming to the skies above, “I want to like it!! I want to like it!” This is the scene anytime I watch a movie that I was looking forward to for whatever reasons and then as I watched my hopes and dreams of slipping away into movie-watching bliss were dashed for, whatever reasons. I should make up a name for this condition. I’m sure it’s some kind of emotional disfunction. I mean, I like Sci-Fi, particularlly futuristic shit. I like Jude Law. I like stories in which the big corporations are the ‘bad guy”. I like a lot of elements that are present and accounted for in Repo Men, and then as a whole movie it just didn’t give me the zen happiness I crave on my weekends.
Why didn’t I like it completely and with all my heart? The editing seems choppy at times. I felt like there was a lot of being cool for cool’s sake and I could almost hear distant conversations of 20-something dudes with millions of dollars at their disposal saying things like, “oh yes, that will pop!” “Or, that will be so dynamic.” ugh. The music was hit and miss. The futuristic city was a bit overdone. Hmmm other than that, and those aren’t like horrible crimes against movie watchers everywhere, but bad enough to take the shine off for me.
What DID I like? Jude Law is compelling to me. I have liked him, not loved him, in most of his movies. He comes off a bit too cool for school sometimes, but overall he’s a plus in this movie. The premise of the story is what gets most of my attention, in a good way. A society that is so vein or afraid to die that we buy replacement parts and get in debt so much we can’t possibly pay for it all…well, need I say more? The company that takes advantage of this weakness in the humans is the bad guy, however some could argue just a cog in the machine keeping people alive and beutiful which is what they want. So what if you send repo men around to remove their livers, hearts, lungs, eyeballs, etc. when they can’t pay?
The absolute star of the show for me is Alice Braga. She came in on a shaky sappy sleazy bar singer scene, but after that I was into her performance, her attitude, not so much her limping abilities, but other than that I really enjoyed watching her through each scene. She is the best ‘thing’ about this flick and I would watch it again just to see if I missed anything about her character the first time around. She’s kind of in a bad position with some questionable antics that had to be dreamed up by the aforementioned 20-somethings, but other than that she’s my reason to like Repo Men.
RZA, a recording artist I had never heard of, had what I would almost go so far as to say was the best scene in the movie. He was a down and out recording star (?) waiting for the IRS or whoever else needed to come repo something he couldn’t pay for. His performanace was genuine, subtle, believable. I would like to see him again in a movie that gives him more to do, more to say.
I want to like it! I want to like it! I did LIKE it, but on the lower end of like. I would recomend it for some fun action, lots of blood, the very free flowing rip-offs of lots of other action movie scenes, and a hard to swallow sound track, if you go for those sorts of things. I might seek out other stories, books, movies, that have a similar premise and see if I can explore it with a bit more class, or satisfaction, or just whatever Repo Men was lacking.
Audio & Video: 8/10
Repo Men is presented in 1080P using the AVC codec on a 50GB DL disc. The presentation here is just what you would expect for a 2010 HD release. The movie was shot on traditional 35MM film and the theatrical presentation is preserved with a smooth layer of grain and no DNR applied. The movie is quite dark in parts and the black levels are good throughout.
The 5.1 DTS-HD audio is alive from the very moment the credits roll, surrounds are used throughout the movie and bass is exceptionally active. This might not be demo disc material but the audio is something you want to crank up LOUD and really annoy the neighbours.
I wasn’t that into Repo Men to be honest. It has a cool premise but I think the movie was trying to hard to be something it was not. Still, for a rental on Blu-Ray it’s not a total wash.
I find myself hovering between liking and disliking the movie, but I can’t ever say it’s worth buying and keeping on my shelf forever. I wouldn’t even go so far as to say it’s a must see while the rental price is full-whack. If it hits the $3.00 range on any format for rental, go for it. It’s a fun kind of action flick you can get a few oohs and ahhs from with the blood and ideas, but other than that I would recommend renting Repo MAN, or if you are in the mood for some future action drama thriller kind of flick go for Minority Report, or I Robot, or A.I. or Terminator, or Aliens…etc.
Overall Score 5/10