Repo Man

repo-man-posterYear: 1984

Synopsis: A newly minted Repo Man and punk rock enthusiast goes after a Chevy Malibu possibly connected with extra terrestrials.

• Harry Dean Stanton.
• A near perfect distillation of the 1980s up to that point, presented in a kind of parodic fever dream.
• This is an 1980s film that is almost a kind of anti-nastalgia in its blatant attack on the 1980s.

• Ironically might not connect too well with the 21st century audience beyond nostalgia.
• Maybe too much happens all at once.

It was not an uncommon theme to attack the 1980s in 1980s films. John Carpenter’s They Live (1988) is another notable example of the theme’s use. The 1980s was indeed a time of induced consumerism in an increasingly generic world. Repo Man is a film that attacks on all fronts: the often recycled science-fiction, the consumerism, the increasing genericness. Yet, the antiheroes of the film end up outside of all of that by the end, as a kind of finishing blow. Bud (Harry Dean Stanton) and Otto (Emilio Estevez) fly off into the night in a once generic car forever changed by the unknowable.

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Rotten Tomatoes: 98%


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