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Repo Man is about Otto (Estavez), an LA-based "white, suburban punk" who, after being both fired and dumped, happens upon a job as the titular man of repossession. The film also follows a Chevy Malibu making its way towards LA with something mysterious and altogether not-too-safe in its trunk. It has the power to vaporize human beings who might open it in an instant, and anyone to repossess it'll rake in 20 grand. This is one pricey car.
Repo Man is oddly-structured. It's little more than a "hangout movie" in its first two acts, and ramps up the adrenaline to the nth degree in its third act -- and, boy, is it ever crazy. This has to be one of the weirdest films I've ever seen. It's a post-apocalyptic sci-fi coming of age hangout crime comedy/drama with hints of spy thriller. The thread that holds the whole outfit together is the misfits that inhabit it. Bud and Otto are a dynamic duo in all but the name, for they aren't dynamos and they don't stick together.
What may be the film's most intriguing aspect is its constant deviation from expectations (cue RedLetterMedia joke). At every moment you expect the film to turn into an action-thriller, it simply continues at its established pace, which is a subdued one. Even in the aforementioned crazy third act, there's no moment where the action music swells up and a high-speed chase takes place. The content of this film is truly bonkers and, yet, it's tacked in a wholly unique way that, while it isn't thrilling, keeps you interested. It involves you with its peculiarly dry sense of humour. Basically, it's a Mad Max movie directed by Wes Anderson.
It's not for everyone, but it's definitely for me.
"Not my face!"
"Hold it Marlene."
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This movie ranks #65 in Total Sci-Fi's The 100 Greatest Sci-Fi Movies
This movie ranks #74 in BFI's 100 Cult Films
This movie ranks #149 in 366 Weird Movies
This movie ranks #162 in Eureka!'s The Masters of Cinema Series
This movie ranks #352 in TSPDT's 1,000 Greatest Films: 1001-2000
This movie ranks #461 in Jennifer Eiss's 500 Essential Cult Movies
This movie ranks #711 in The New York Times's Book of Movies
This movie ranks #740 in The Guardian's 1000 Films to See Before You Die
This movie ranks #758 in The Criterion Collection