Emilio Estevez, Olivia Barash
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Repo Men

”Ordinary f—ing people, I hate ’em,” laments repossessor Bud (Harry Dean Stanton) to his new charge, Otto (Emilio Estevez). Alex Cox’s radioactive cult classic Repo Man (1 hr., 32 mins., R) shares Bud’s disdain for quotidian existence, but instead of bemoaning the mundane, it fishtails off into its own punked-out picaresque adventure. Repo Man hit theaters in 1984 as a film made for and by the nonmainstream (but distributed by Universal). Still, unlike Cox’s sneering Sid and Nancy, it’s defined more by a tone of affectionate disaffection than antipathy, celebrating a friendlier species of anarchy. As Otto learns the ropes of the repo business, he’s pulled into a series of crazed interconnected exploits centering on a Chevy Malibu with a trunkful of mysterious bright light — a nod to the nuclear briefcase in 1955’s Kiss Me Deadly. Cox packs his film densely with details and tamps it down tight. There’s so much going on in both foreground and background that it’s worth listening to the informative commentary by Cox (among others) for a guided tour. Other EXTRAS include a new interview with soundtrack contributor Iggy Pop — an out-of-the-ordinary f—ing person if ever there was one. A-

Repo Men
  • Movie
  • 111 minutes