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.

Pros:
• 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.

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

Discussion:
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.


Filmmaker’s Page for Film

Rotten Tomatoes: 98%

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