Film #141: REPO MEN
3 out of 5 stars
3 stars earned the hard way for this odd little film. With a plot that borrows heavily from REPO: THE GENETIC OPERA (only without all of that annoying caterwauling), MEN begins with a light - almost comical - approach that turns abruptly more serious. The acting is credible (surprisingly it is Whitaker who gives the most uneven performance). The direction is competent enough. The story though… well, that’s another matter. Confused and clichéd, the meandering script - while not without potential - collapses into action thriller mud by the time the credits roll. And then, there’s those pesky WILD internal logic contradictions. Anyway, Sci-Fi fans will undoubtedly enjoy the window-dressing, but non-fans will be frustrated and annoyed. There are some pretty impressive surgery makeup gags, I will say that. In the end though, the good outweighs the bad, but only BARELY.