“Thank God Its (Almost) Friday Review” ~ Repo! The Genetic Opera
Yes, it’s Thursday, but I fancied putting this up a tad early for you all. Enjoy!
Opening Song – check it out!
(just the song since the opening is a bit bloody lol)
Name: Repo! The Genetic Opera
Genre: Horror-musical/Rock opera
Certificate: 18/R – strong comic book style gory violence, and a little sexiness
Directors/writers: Darran Lynn Bousman [director] Darren Smith &
Terrance Zdunich [screenplay]
Actors of Note: Anthony Head [repoman], Alexa vega [Shilo], Paris Hilton [amber sweet] Terrance Zdunich [graverobber] Sarah Brightmann [Blind Mag]
Story: from here
|In the year 2056 – the not so distant future – an epidemic of organ failures devastates the planet. Out of the tragedy, a savior emerges: GeneCo, a biotech company that offers organ transplants, for a price. Those who miss their payments are scheduled for repossession and hunted by villainous Repo Men. In a world where surgery addicts are hooked on painkilling drugs and murder is sanctioned by law, a sheltered young girl searches for the cure to her own rare disease as well as information about her family’s mysterious history. After being sucked into the haunting world of GeneCo, she is unable to turn back, as all of her questions will be answered at the wildly anticipated spectacular event: The Genetic Opera.|
DT’s Rating: 8.5/10
I love musicals, so much, and especially when they’re a little alternative. I grew up on Rocky Horror Picture Show and loved the Buffy special ‘once more with feeling’ so i had a good idea that I’d love this…provided i could get past the gore (after all it being made by the ‘saw 2’ people put me off).
Luckily, if you have a semi-decent stomach you’ll be fine. The gore is comic-book style and more funny or matter-of-fact than anything else. the only bit I flinched/hid for was an eye gouging scene(cos eye freak me out) but aside from that it’s dandy
Aaanyways, gore aside, Repo! The genetic opera is a must-see film for anyone with a love of the sci-fi and gothic, especially if you like your tongue firmly planted in your cheek. Stylistically, the film is gorgeous. The costumes are over the top, the landscape is dystopian, surreal and nicely rendered, and it all hangs in lush grim layers.
The songs themselves – and yes, 99-100% of the film is sung – are also on the whole very good. Personally a couple of talking-singing scenes were slightly forced, but on the whole they were very well done. The music take son some of rock’s greatest musicians to contribute too, which is great, and you can tell the quality.
Acting wise, it’s a great turn all round, with over-the-top, great performances. Anthony head is in a league of his own, as ever (but then i am somewhat of a fangirl) as he plays the Repoman, and even Paris Hilton actually shows herself off as a decent performer and singer, which was a great surprise for me. (man i feel bitchy saying that, but you know what i mean).
Finally, the story is also great, with a good few twists, and I love the comic-book flashback scenes that explain each character’s past from 17 years ago. the comic book panels, plus the story, scenes and music all blend together excellently for a lush cult classic.
In short – a great film for anyone who loves music and the macabre. I definitely recommend it.
Nathan Wallace: I’m the monster. I’m the villain. What perfection. What precision! Keen incisions, I deliver. Unscathed organs, I deliver. Repossession, I deliver. I’m the Repo! Legal assassin!
Luigi Largo: Someone’s gonna hang if I don’t get my coffee.
Luigi’s Gopher: Decaf?
Luigi Largo: I will shoot you in the face.
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