For March 14th- Repo Man

In a surprising show of ignorance, I failed to notice that Mr. Estevez had a starring role in this tale of youth rebellion.

Not to be confused with the film from 2010, Repo Man is a movie that has attracted quite a cult following.  Estevez plays Otto, a young rocker whose life has taken a couple of recent wrong turns.  Right after hitting rock bottom, he gets recruited by an agent into becoming a repo man.  When he realizes the freedom that this new job grants him, Otto is soon caught up in the fast world of forced repossession.  It isn’t long, however, before an odd bounty offering $20,000 for a beat-up Malibu flips his world upside-down.

Story/Writing: 1/2

An interesting story, but the plot sometimes feels a little stretched for time.  Some of the characters are never really established, and then the audience is later expected to care about them without reason.

Acting: 1.5/2

The characters that get decent screen time are vibrant and two-dimensional, but everyone else is a little bland.  Thank goodness you don’t have to watch them very long.

Photography/Set: 1.5/2

The sets were pretty great, but the photography was lacking some kind of spice to really keep me interested.

Sound/FX: 1/2

The effects were depressingly bad, this category would suffer more if the sound work wasn’t halfway decent.  I understand that this film may have had a lower budget, but that isn’t a good excuse for this kind of lame effort.

Misc: 1/2

I’ve seen films that claim aggressiveness that aren’t.  At least Repo Man stays true to what it claims to be.

VERDICT: 6/10

A good little punk film for those of you who may be fans, but others probably won’t find any kind of depth.

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About svolkmer

Photographer. Filmmaker. Nice guy.
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