It’s been a few years since we last saw our two favorite potheads Harold (John Cho) and Kumar (Kal Penn). The last time we saw them, they had just escaped from Guantanamo Bay and crashed a wedding with some help from George W. Bush. It’s been a few years and the boys have grown up and grown apart. Well, Harold’s grown up and Kumar’s still Kumar. Harold’s moved up in the world, both at work and at home. Meanwhile, Kumar’s still a slacker and a pothead.
Repo Men, based on the novel Repossession Mambo, is an odd movie. At turns both awesome and befuddling, the film demonstrates influences from classic sci-fi b-movies to more modern action thrillers. The cast, with one exception, is strong. Jude Law and Forest Whitaker play Remy and Jake, who are the titular repo men. They work under Frank, played extremely well by Liev Schreiber, for an artificial organ manufacturing company called “The Union.” When customers fall far enough behind on payments on their organ(s), repo men are sent to reclaim said organs. As seen in the film’s trailer, Remy suffers an on-the-job accident, and receives an artificial heart, for which he is unable to pay. Read the rest of this entry