Repo Men

Movie review by
Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
Repo Men Movie Poster Image
Gory futuristic action film with anti-corporate message.
  • R
  • 2010
  • 111 minutes

Parents say

age 16+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 15+
Based on 6 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

The movie clearly has something to say about current topics like health care, insurance companies, and corporate corruption. The movie's hero decides to stand up to his corrupt company, but his path includes gratuitous murder and extreme violence. What's more he tries to save only himself and his girlfriend, and not the countless other people who are being hunted by the evil corporation.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The character of Remy (Jude Law) sends a mixed message. He decides to do the right thing by standing up against the evil corporation, but he does so selfishly and violently. He murders anyone who stands in his way, and winds up saving only himself and his girlfriend (not the countless others who are in the same boat). What's more, he begins a new relationship with a woman while still trying to repair his crumbling marriage.

Violence

There is a great deal of slicing and dicing of flesh, complete with gory open wounds, and spraying, spattering blood. We also see many fights, using fists, knives and other blunt objects, as well as old-fashioned guns (with bullets), futuristic laser guns, and Taser-like "shock" guns. In one very intense scene, the heroes slice open their own bodies so that they can insert a scanner to read the bar codes on their artificial organs.

Sex

A woman starts to perform oral sex on a man but is interrupted. There is a quick sequence of events in a sex club, taking up less than one minute of screen time, but filled with female nudity, and a man having sex with a woman from behind. The hero and the girl kiss quite often and appear in bed together, though they are never seen totally naked, or having sex.

Language

We hear multiple uses of "f--k" in several forms (including in the lyrics of a hip-hop song). Other foul language includes "balls," "asshole," "damn," "Goddamn," "p---y," and "s--t."

Consumerism

There are (at least) two ads for Puma, once on a billboard in a subway station, and then moments later on the side of a sports bag.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

The heroes drink beer fairly often during the movie's first half -- or at least it looks like beer since it comes in futuristic-looking bottles. In one shot, a conflicted, confused character is seen drinking, with several empty bottles on the table in front of him.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Repo Men is a violent, gory sci-fi action film set in a dystopian future, and not to be confused with the movies Repo Man (1984) or Repo! The Genetic Opera (2008). The hero is a "repo man" whose job is to violently re-claim his company's property (artificial organs), which includes maiming and sometimes murdering people. One particularly gory scene includes characters cutting open their own bodies to read a bar code on their artificial organs. Language runs the gamut of "Goddamn" to "f--k," and there is some sexy stuff, including one very brief scene in a sex club that includes female nudity and a couple having sex. Overall, it's too violent and downbeat for anyone but older, responsible teens.

User Reviews

Adult Written byMovie Man April 1, 2010

Grippingly Gory Futuristic Tale in the Bizarre Vein of Brazil; Anti-Heroic Main Characters Send a Bad Message, though

This is a very good film with an exceptional twist, but it is definitely not for kids. The ultra-gore may put a lot of people off and the anti-heroic message gi... Continue reading
Parent of a 2 year old Written bysunsetp July 29, 2010

teenagers

I love it its a good movie.
Kid, 9 years old April 3, 2010

Repo Men

Rated R For Strong Bloody Violence,Grisly Images,Language And Some Sexuality/Nudity
Kid, 8 years old April 4, 2010

What's the story?

Remy (Jude Law) is a skilled "repo man" for a large company that provides artificial body parts and organs to people who need them. If the clients fail to pay their bills, Remy violently retrieves the parts/organs, often killing the clients in the process. When he has an accident and requires a new, artificial heart, he has a change of "heart" and decides to fight against the company. He rescues a drug-addled singer, Beth (Alice Braga), and she helps him realize his ultimate plan: to shut down the company's computer system and free all the debt-riddled customers. But meanwhile, Remy's old partner Jake (Forest Whitaker) has been assigned to repossess Remy's heart.

Is it any good?

On the plus side, newcomer director Miguel Sapochnik coaxes some fine performances from his cast, heroes and villains alike. He clearly enjoys his violence and gore scenes, referencing favorites like Pulp Fiction and Oldboy, and the movie is bound to elicit more than a few disgusted squeals from the audience. However, the setup doesn't exactly make sense; it's not entirely clear why this corporation would want all its clients dead. Wouldn't that effectively prevent more money from coming in?

Likewise, the big reveal at the end feels a little thin. The movie takes forever to get through its plot, throwing in a needless romantic interest for the already married hero, and all but stopping for a 90-day period so that the hero can (ironically) get behind in his own payments on his own artificial organ. The movie is interesting for the way it brings up topics like health care and corporate corruption, but ultimately it's too long, and with too few surprises, to make it worthwhile.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the movie's extreme violence. How did it affect you? Did it make you laugh? Cover your eyes?

  • The corporation in the movie provides people with artificial body parts and organs, gets them deeply in debt, and then kills them to get the parts/organs back. How can the company expect to gain from this business plan?

  • One character talks about how "a job is just a job." Is this true? Or is a job part of who you are as a person?

  • One of the movie's themes comes from the story of the cat in the box, which is both alive and dead at the same time. What does this story mean?

Movie details

For kids who love action

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