Repo The Genetic Opera
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By fusing THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW and BLADE RUNNER, this futuristic tale of horror modernizes the "rock opera" genre with original music and rich, dark production design.
Likening Repo! The Genetic Opera to its predecessors, Little Shop of Horrors and Rocky Horror Picture Show, conveys this film’s high camp and operatic bursts of song, but does little to describe how absolutely bizarre Repo! is. Like Rocky Horror, Repo! was written for stage performance by Darren Smith and Terrance Zdunich, who stars as a Graverobber, dolled up in vampiric makeup to resemble Rocky Horror’s iconic tranny, Dr. Frank-N-Furter. Hiring newbie director, Darren Lynn Bousman, fresh out of film school to shoot this mutant movie, Smith and Zdunich clearly focused on writing comedy into extremely gruesome slasher scenes, which works with mixed results. Stills of comic strips contextualize each scene, telling the story of biotech corporation Geneco’s repossessions of organs that they implanted into various patients to save human lives during a long history of operations. Organs, here, were bought on credit, and as the economy nosedives, citizens of this a makeshift Gotham City cannot pay bills, and must forfeit their lives to repo men make a killing around town, literally. Heading this enterprise is CEO Rotti Largo (Paul Sorvino), who has two bickering sons, Luigi (Bill Moseley) and Pavi (Nivek Ogre), whose white facemask is third generation Phantom, borrowing directly from Winslow Leach’s in Brian De Palma’s Phantom of the Paradise. Central to the plot is head repo guy/slaughterer, Nathan Wallace (Anthony Head of Buffy the Vampire Slayer), who hides his career path to preserve his sexy teenage daughter, Shilo’s (Alexa Vega), innocence. As Shilo discovers her godmom, Blind Mag (Sarah Brightman), and the "Z"-addicted surgery slut, Amber Sweet (Paris Hilton), she embarks on adventures through an urban landscape constructed of metal gear, corpse piles, and S/M zombie girls, while dad straps people up in his torture chamber to take back body parts. Hmmmm. Since Repo! looks likes a Marilyn Manson video, its musical niche sensibility will only appeal to fans who like Goth and Industrial music. To anyone who doesn’t go for that look, it does impress for its sheer dedication to choreography and song. In the least, Repo! The Genetic Opera is an anomalous glimpse into visionary horror. --Trinie Dalton
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In the year 2056, an epidemic of organ failures devastates the entire planet. Out of the tragedy, a company emerges: GeneCo., a biotech company that offers organ transplants, for a price, and those who miss their payments are scheduled for repossession of the organ and hunted by the Repo Man. 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 blood disease, as well as information about her family's mysterious history.
I understand that musicals are not the most popular today, but they do not only sing; however, when they do sing, the songs help explain the plot and tells a story, they are not your average day-to-day songs. Along with the up-to-date realism in the movie, there are times when the plot pauses and comic-like scripts pop up explaining past events and people’s relationships to one another. The director leaves you thinking about a lot, I had to use my comprehension skills to fully understand the plot and what was going on; although, I did not fully understand the movie until my third time watching it because I was unable to connect everything. I love movies that leave some questions in the plot, so I can decide what I think happens, or what did happen.
Although this movie is a musical, it appeals to the people who like action movies because there is a lot of murder and anticipation for what is going to happen. It appeals to the ones that like horror movies because there is the blood, gore, alarm, and panic that all horror movies have. There are tons of jokes and funny references throughout to suck in the comedy lovers. Repo! The Genetic Opera even pulls the romance watchers in with the love triangle the main characters have.
Repo! The Genetic Opera truly appeals to all types of people due to it not being one specific category and it upsets me that not a lot of people know that it exists. It combines all the genres and gives off this vibe that anyone who watches it is bound to love it, I know I did. I truly love how unexpected the plot twists are and how they are so many different intricate details that tie together in the end. I will always love this movie and it will continue to be one of my favorites for years to come.