I originally watched this movie back in 1984 when it was released. I remember thinking “What the hell did I just watch”? when it was over. So, I decided to give it another go now and see how it holds up and to see if perhaps my second round would prove enlightening this time. Well, not exactly. This quirky, sci-fi, comedy film is interesting from an artistic viewpoint and a total mess in terms of plot. So many things happen throughout the film that is never explained later, which makes it strange, interesting, and annoying all at the same time. I suppose that’s the point of a lot of these things…to make you question why it’s never explained, but nonetheless the movie keeps you watching to see what happens next. Emilio Estevez is a punk kid who hates everything about normal life. While his acting is genuine, it also seems like he’s not acting most of the time. So either that means he turned in a lackluster performance or he’s a genius actor that can act like he’s not acting. Either way, his character of Otto teams up with repo man Bud, played by Harry Dean Stanton, (who almost steals the show) to recover a car that is worth a huge bounty of $20,000. Intermingled throughout the movie are various interactions with Otto’s punk friends, other repo men, UFO experts, secret agents, and more. While the plot sounds exciting, it sort of plods along and loosely ties all these things together by the ending. Spoiler alert! You never actually see what’s in the trunk. They never explain why the main female agent has a metal hand. All of the male agents are dressed entirely the same and bleached blonde hair. While the ending is somewhat appropriate, it leaves you with a bit of a dis-satisfied feeling that this movie could have been so much better. While it’s hailed as a cult classic these days, I honestly believe that it could have been even better with a little more work. Yes, I left with the same feeling of “What the hell did I just watch”? but this time, I appreciate the artistic aspects of the film.
Title: Repo Man
Runtime: 1 Hr 32 Min
Release Date: March 2md, 1984
Director: Alex Cox
Starring: Emilio Estevez, Harry Dean Stanton