Repo Men certainly looked like a throwaway actioner from a first-time director (Miguel Sapochnick), but for all its nods to Minority Report, Videodrome, Strange Days and Equilibrium, this dystopian tale about an organ retriever (Jude Law) who develops a conscience after losing his heart (and gaining an artificial one with a payment plan he knows he can’t afford) works nicely as a cautionary tale about loyalty that rips it up with the best of them.
Sapochnick proves to have a sure command of the dark and bloody thrills, but he also possesses a sharper sense of humor than a high-minded visionary like Steven Spielberg who could have ratcheted up the gross-out aspect of A.I. and Report into pulpy camp-art glory.
The highlights, though, are Forest Whitaker, back to playing giants with soul, and RZA, in a surprisingly affecting cameo as a music producer whose ticker has expired. Meanwhile, Law and Alice Braga, as a woman with far more refurbished parts than originals, provide a potently sensual counter to all of the bloodletting. Who knew repo work could be so sexy? Grade: B
Opens March 19. Check out theaters and show times, see more photos from the film and get theater details here.