Friday, March 19th, 2010

'Repo Men': And I Was Looking Forward To This!

WELL I GUESS WHAT DID I EXPECT?"Repo Men, which to everyone's great disappointment (or perhaps relief) has nothing to do with Alex Cox's 1984 drug-punk classic, Repo Man, is a shallow, stupid critique of organ markets in specific and for-profit health care in general that doesn't even have the decency to be amusing…. It's probably too much to expect sci-fi screenwriters to understand economics, but even a little bit of basic common sense and logic would've sufficed. Even if regulators (nowhere to be found in the film) or social pressure (also absent) hadn't put a stop to the practice of repossession-via-murder, competition probably would have, as organ companies would've quickly sought to attract customers by dropping the harshest contractual terms."

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she of the socks (#2,248)

There's also been some discussion about whether Repo Men, and the book on which it's based, are heavily borrowing ( / ripping off) major plot points from Repo! The Genetic Opera:

Clip Arthur (#2,024)

I'm most likely never going to see this film, so… Meh. But would like to take this moment to say I'm pretty confident and secure in the idea that I had a fetish for girls in cute socks. So there! Repossess that part of my psyche if you dare!

There are 6 billion bodies in the world. So it's a buyer's market.

Jared (#1,227)

I'm not saying this is wrong, but I would trust it more if it came from a source that didn't use "economics" as a synonym for "free market liberalism."

HiredGoons (#603)

Is that Jude Law ?

See: My comment in yesterday's "Cooking The Books" about men that button their shirts all the way without a tie.

Yes, he pumped up for this. It's the only really interesting part of the movie.

HiredGoons (#603)

@Reginal: Yes, a million times yes.

Zack (#2,609)

I've actually read the script, but not seen the movie. So I won't say Suderman is wrong. But I will say: can we stop looking for 'real world' corolaries (that is def not spelled right but I am on my phone and have no dictionary) from Sci Fi movies. Hey, I love Planet of the Apes as much as the next guy, but why do "critics" put faith in Hollywood to seriously take on social issues? I mean, have you ever met a director? If I was in charge (of what I don't know) the first thing I would do is get rid of film reviews. There isn't a more arbitrary, useless and self-indulgent practice on this country

It was hard to suspend my disbelief that he would not have gotten workers comp for that on-the-job defibrillator accident. Also that material needed a much stronger director, the pacing was way off.

Zack (#2,609)

Oh yeah, it's ludicrous. I'm not defending it. But that just emphasizes the point that it's more absurd to search for meaning.

DoctorDisaster (#1,970)

It's a movie about medical corporations so greedy that they repossess your organs. I'm not sure how much searching was really necessary to find the allegory "medical corporations are too greedy."

musicmope (#428)

When I need a dose of art criticism, I look to online Libertarian forums.

Bittersweet (#765)

Don't think I'll see this POS, but it did remind me of this:

So, thanks, new subpar repo movie…

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