Promotional film poster
|Directed by||Miguel Sapochnik|
|Produced by||Scott Stuber|
|Written by||Eric Garcia
Carice van Houten
|Music by||Marco Beltrami|
|Editing by||Richard Francis-Bruce|
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures|
|Release date(s)||March 19, 2010|
Repo Men (formerly known as Repossession Mambo) is an upcoming science fiction action thriller directed by Miguel Sapochnik, and starring Jude Law and Forest Whitaker. It will be released on March 19, 2010, having been moved up from an original release date of April 2, 2010.
In an alternative future, humans can prolong their lives with artificial organs that can be purchased on credit from the mega-giant corporation known as The Union. The downside to these small, pricey miracles is that if you can't make your payments, the vital organs are taken back by highly skilled repo men with no care for human comfort or survival. Remy (Jude Law), a top-notch repo man, who suffered a heart attack while on the job has been given the company's state-of-the-art heart-substitute along with expensive installments. As he cannot keep up with the financial responsibilities, The Union sends out their heaviest authoritarian and Remy's former partner Jake (Forest Whitaker) to find him. Remy meets Beth (Alice Braga) who instructs him on how to disappear from the system. Beginning is a chase that ensues across a land inhabited by ravingly strange friends and enemies with one, who will be a hero for the countless who seek a way out.
In 2003, screenwriters Eric Garcia and Garrett Lerner began collaborating with Miguel Sapochnik on a screenplay based on a novel being written by Garcia, which has since been published as of March 31, 2009. In June 2007, Universal Pictures cast Jude Law and Forest Whitaker into the futuristic adventure thriller Repo Men!. The film will be directed by Sapochnik in his directorial debut. Production began in September 2007. Casting for this film was done by Mindy Marin, production design by David Sandefur, art direction by Dan Yarhi, set decoration by Clive Thomasson, and costume design by Caroline Harris. Filming took place in Toronto, and the Greater Toronto Area in Ontario.
So far, the film has received generally negative reviews. It currently holds a "generally unfavorable" score of 29 out of 100 at the review aggregator Metacritic, based on 11 reviews from mainstream critics. It also holds a "Rotten" score of 16% at Rotten Tomatoes, based on 37 reviews. The site's consensus is, "Repo Men has an intriguing premise, as well as a likable pair of leads, but they're wasted on a rote screenplay, indifferent direction, and mind-numbing gore."