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PLOT SUMMARY: Repo! The Genetic opera without songs. Basically.

UNCOMFORTABLE PLOT SUMMARY (inspired by this): [highlight for spoilers] Lack of workman’s comp leads to theft of corporate property.

PEOPLE: Starring Jude Law (Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Parnassus, eXisitenZ, Gattaca, and many more) and Forest Whitaker (Phone Booth, Panic Room, The Crying Game, Fast Times At Ridgemont High) as partners. With Alice Braga (Predators, I Am Legend), Liev Schreiber as the douchey boss (Sabertooth from Wolverine, The Sum Of All Fears, Kate & Leopold, Scream 1-3, Sphere, and many more), Carice van Houten as the nagging wife (her next movie was called “The Happy Housewife” haha).

QUIRKS: Based on a book: Repossession Mambo. It’s not *actually* a copy of Repo! The Genetic Opera. But yea, movies about organ repossession aren’t exactly numerous.

VISUALS: Cyberpunk near-future. Cool, but not so different from the way the present looks. Closer to Surrogates than Blade Runner, for example.

MORALS: Maybe being a hit man isn’t moral simply because some corporation declares it so.

POLITICS: Worker’s compensation is a necessary right for workers to have!

GOOD STUFF: The future, lack of corporate morals, new technology (synthetic organs), techno-political moral repercussions.

BAD STUFF: It could have been a bit deeper.

CONCLUSION: Really good! A new cyberpunk classic! Not just Repo! The Genetic Opera without songs! Much more! Could have been deeper, but by the end, I was wow’ed!

Clint: Netflix: 4.4/5 stars. IMDB: 8.4/10. A higher version of Carolyn’s rating.
Carolyn: Netflix: 4/5 stars. IMDB: 8/10.
The native public rating for this movie is: IMDB: 6.3/10, Netflix: 3.2/5 stars (Netflix‘s predicted rating for us was 4.1/5 stars–Netflix definitely knows this movie is up our alley!).


SIMILAR MOVIES: [highlight for spoilers] Brazil, in several ways. And there is a scene that is an obvious homage to a scene in Oldboy [rated the 110th best movie of all time on IMDB]!! I love that I called both of these without having to go to the IMDB movie connections page [though I ultimately did to prove myself right].

Of course, the very obvious answer is: Repo! The Genetic Opera. But without songs.


Remy: Almost every job I do ends the exact same way. Some whimper. Some cry. Some even laugh. But in the end, they all do the same horizontal mambo, twitching and thrusting their way into the great beyond.

Remy: At the end, a job is not just a job, is who you are, and if wanna change who you are, you have to change what you do…

FRIENDS’ RATINGS: Dan really liked it.

Mood: fuzzy
Music: Atari Teenage Riot – Into The Death (live)