"REPO!: THE GENETIC OPERA"
by Kevin Carr
|| MOVIE: *** (out of 5 stars)
DVD EXPERIENCE: *** (out of 5 stars)
Alexa Vega as SHILO WALLACE
Paul Sorvino as ROTTI LARGO
Anthony Head as NATHAN/REPO MAN
Sarah Brightman as BLIND MAG
Paris Hilton as AMBER SWEET
Bill Moseley as LUIGI LARGO
Ogre as PAVI LARGO
Terrence Zdunich as GRAVEROBBER
Directed by: Darren Lynn Bousman
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In the not-too-distant future, the human desire to perfect our bodies have led to massive cosmetic and medically-relevant surgeries for worldwide organ failures. In order to pay for new organs, GENECO corporation has extended credit to individuals. However, if you’re unable to pay your bills, they send out the Repo Man to tear your organs from your body.
A young girl with a chronic illness goes on a journey and learns the truth about her family, the family behind GENECO and how she got in her awful situation.
WHAT I LIKED
Even though I’m not a big fan of the style of music (which is somewhere between Nine Inch Nails and “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”), I fully appreciate what has been done. After seeing the film and listening to the entire story in song, I can see where it made a huge splash in the underground theater scene.
I liked the overall idea (which is probably too far-fetched to ever happen, but who really knows that), and the visionary style was cool to watch. The story was told completely with music and some narration in a graphic novel style. The science fiction aspect was subverted to the underground rock scene and many horror elements, but it was still good. And while the movie couldn’t really be called “sexy,” it had some nice edgy, sensual elements to it.
WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE
With any opera, or more appropriately rock opera, you’re going to have a bit of pretension to go along with it. At times, the movie was a bit full of itself, and it did try to hit you over the head with an anti-corporation message, which is popular in the circles where the musical first became a hit.
I’m not a big fan of this genre of music, and the songs did wear on me a bit. In some ways, it’s like “Napoleon Dynamite,” in that it is more fun to discuss and analyze than actually watch.
And finally, I don’t care how much of a fuss they made about it at Comic-Con this past year, Paris Hilton is pretty worthless.
What this film lacks in underlying substance and restraint, it makes up with the DVD extras. There are two commentary tracks, one featuring director Darren Lynn Bousman with the actors, and the other with Bousman along with the show’s co-creators and the musical producer.
There’s also a featurette following the story rise from the stage to the screen, a featurette on the Repo Man himself and the theatrical trailer.
WHO’S GOING TO LIKE THIS MOVIE
Rockers who want to bring back the rock opera.