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  • Repo! The Genetic Opera
    • Repo! The Genetic Opera
    • Runtime:98 min
    • Release Date:2017-01-22 09:11:16
    • Director: Darren Lynn Bousman
    • Genres: Horror, Musical, Sci-Fi
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MOVIE REVIEW:Repo! The Genetic Opera


Well, curiosity got the best of me. I had seen this DVD on shelves for
a couple of years now, and I gave it a shot tonight. I am usually quick
to hate on these types of trendy cult films that gain followings within
the first month of its release, but I have to give it to the guys at
Twisted Studios and Lionsgate. This was an entertaining, Shakespearean-
style musical complete with the new addition of "comic-book frames"
telling parts of the story along with a full, dark-themed scenery.
**Whoever downvotes this movie down to a 1-star rating is missing
whatever sense of humor they thought they had.** This movie is purely
farce and full of black comedy woven into a scorned-love story complete
with cheap gore and cheap songs. It's an updated Rocky Horror Picture
Show for fans of Rob Zombie's/Marilyn Manson songs with a touch of
Evanescence singing. The gore is not meant to disgust the audience nor
shock them; these are all nods towards stage plays where you know the
props are not real. Although the effects used on Blind Mag's "R2D2-3D-
projection" eyes was a treat, and I thought all of the imagery had a
very nice, stylish tone that really brought the audience into their
world. Was the movie "groomed to be a cult classic?" Who knows, but
what was created is worthy of watching over every now and again for
entertainment's sake, and should be given a good chance amongst other
cult classics. Why fight a good thing?


In a dystopian future, a worldwide epidemic has turned organ
replacement into big business; unfortunately, those unable to keep up
payments on their new body parts face a terrible fate—a visit from the
Repo Man.

As much as I dislike Darren Lynn Bousman's unnecessary sequels to Saw,
at least their success at the box office has given the director the
industry clout required to get a far more interesting and adventurous
project off the ground—Repo! The Genetic Opera, the goth rock musical
which he first pitched to investors in 2006 with a 10 minute short
starring Shawnee Smith and Michael Rooker.

Although the excellent combo of Rooker and Smith doesn't appear in this
feature length version, the alternative cast that Bousman has assembled
for his twisted tale is equally impressive: in the lead role of the
Repoman we get Anthony Head, who proved that he could belt out a decent
tune in 'Once More With Feeling', the musical episode of Buffy The
Vampire Slayer; Spy Kids star Alexa Vega appears as his daughter Shilo
Wallace and displays a great set of pipes; operatically trained actor
Paul Sorvino plays Rotti Largo, despicable boss of powerful organ
company GeneCo; and West End star Sarah Brightman warbles away as a
once-blind singer whose eyes are on the never-never. Hell, even
socialite and amateur porn-star Paris Hilton gives surprisingly solid
support in her not-too-taxing role as Largo's self-obsessed,
image-conscious bimbo daughter Amber.

These amazingly talented performers (and Paris) throw themselves
enthusiastically into their roles undeterred by the fact that, thanks
to its dark style, subversive narrative, some extreme gore, and lack of
instantly catchy tunes, the film is unlikely to find itself much of an
audience beyond discerning fans of both cult cinema and alternative
rock, people who understand that a little effort on the viewer's part
is sometimes required to fully appreciate a work of art. I found Repo!
The Genetic Opera to be a lot of fun the first time round, but I
suspect that with further viewings (leading to a little more
familiarity with the tunes), it may become an even more enjoyable
experience in the future.

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