It is likely that if I mentioned the name of Mike Nesmith most of us would think of the 1960’s band The Monkees. Some of us might think to recall him for his work with the First National Band, or some of his solo musical works. You might even remember him as one of the pioneers of the modern music video. It might come as a surprise to you that he was the executive producer of a film that the magazine Entertainment Weekly named #7 on its list of the “Top 50 Cult Films of All-Time.” The film is Repo Man starring Emilio Estevez as Otto, a street punk having a bad day, who is tricked by Bud (Harry Dean Stanton) into becoming a repo man and brings him into the strange and dangerous world surrounding the repossession of automobiles.
Repo Man is set in Edge City which is a generic, rundown, and finically depressed city in somewhere, USA. The world of Repo Man is a strange and dark place with just a touch of science fiction. As the bounties come in on cars to be repossessed one wonders what is so special about an old 1964 Chevy Malibu. Repo Man might not be to everyone taste. It is violent in parts and the language is strong, yet there is an underlying twisted humor to the movie I personally found, if not always funny, at least, interesting and this made the film fun to watch. I would love to say more, but I feel that would take away from the experience for the first time viewer; all I will say is watch for the little things. I personally would not put this film at the top of my viewing list, but I wouldn’t want to miss it either.