I just watched what is perhaps the grisliest movie I have seen since the Last Temptation of Christ. It was the unrated, high definition version of Repo Men. About halfway through it, I wanted to change my mind and watch a chick flick. It was that nasty.
One of my religious devotions is to protect myself from corruption. Friends of mine who know me, know my attitude about eyeballing babes, and all such matters as regards dollar ballets and the relative happiness of shiatsu endings. "If you're not going to knock it out, don't get in the ring". That's Cobb's Rule #28 by the way. So I stay out of the ring, and I don't much comment on what I used to do or what I might or might not do if... But it's rare that I find an entertainment that is not obviously worthless. And even though I wasn't absolutely dying to see this film, I found the premise intriguing. What happens to a man who repossesses artificial organs for a ruthless living when he is suddenly confronted with having the same problem? Yeah ok it's not that intriguing, but as action movies go, it's fairly unique. And in fact, a basic R rating on this bad boy might have spared me the gross out, which I am about to share with you.
This film, like none other I have seen in the action genre, has knife fighting. Big knives, small knives, swinging, plunging, ripping. It also has what essentially amounts to just this side of surgery porn. I'm trying to imagine some Cronenberg that did so, and I'm blocked. But Repo Men gets that bloody.
If you prefer the intrigue parts of action flicks, spare yourself this one. Whereas Seven put your eyes into some gruesome crime scenes, Repo Men creates them in realtime. It's actively grisly. That's the last time I cross over the protection of an R rating. Jeez.