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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Movie Review # 58 Repo! The Genetic Opera (2008)

Release: 2008
Director: Darren Lynn Bousman
Darren Smith
Terrance Zdunich
Paul Sorvino
Anthony Head
Alexa Vega

Rotten Tomatoes: 33% Critics 73% Audience 
IMDb: 6.4/10
Netflix: 3.4 Stars

I just want to say give me a second to wipe the drool from my face. Alright that's better. Wow Repo! The Genetic Opera is an amazing musical. Which deserves a place on the mantle next to movie musicals like Rent, Across the Universe and The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Which this movie has a lot in common with. With the dark overtones, Goth humor and Neo-Steam-punk feel.

Which gives it a dark, technical feel that just shouts watch me and fear me. Which it does and it is brilliant! Repo! The Genetic Opera is set in a not so distant future where Science Fiction meet's reality when the Medical Company Gene-Co turns the organ donor cards into a business. Where if you can't pay for it then you don't get it. But that is where this get's creepy and follows along with another movie RepoMen which starred Jude Law.

Where the company makes a deal with you in blood. We will give you what you need or what you want. But if you miss a payment we will repossess what ever it is we gave you. You can't hide, you can't run because our Repo Man will find you at your weakest moment and kill you to take what is ours. But make your payments and your life will be fine. Yep sounds like corporate America at it's finest there. Especially during the housing collapse.

So that is the basis of the story and the least interesting bit. The other part is a sick and twisted love story involving the owner of Gene-Co Rotti Largo (Paul Sorvino) and Nathan the Repo Man (Anthony Head). Which in all honesty is so twisted that it is brilliant. Rotti loved Marni who fell in love with Nathan. While Marni was engaged to Rotti. Then she called off the engagement and married Nathan. In order to get back at them Rotti tricked Nathan into thinking he poisoned and killed his wife.

When it was Rotti who did it which set up Nathan. As Rotti blackmailed him to do what ever he wanted or face the police. Talk about a twisted tail all the while there is Marni and Nathan's daughter Shilo played by Alexa Vega who is most notably known for her roles in Spy Kids as Carmen Cortez. She will even be reprising that role in Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World set to Release this Summer. Whom Rotti love's as she looks just like her mother and whom Nathan as been overly protective of.

I say that in the most sinister means as she has been poisoned her entire life by her father. Who had lied to her and told he she had a rare blood diese and she didn't. Which she finds out in the most damning fashion and is told that for the cure she must kill her father and also inherit Gene-Co. Which she scoffs at and yea. I won't ruin anymore of this movie. As it is brilliant and deserves to be seen by anyone who loves musicals, that are into BDSM or just like Steam-Punk in general.

I know you wonder what are the drawbacks? Well some of the singing is spoken verse which at times doesn't fit into the movie. Another detractor is people will see Paris Hilton as a credited character in this movie. I just want to tell you folks she is in it all of 10 minutes at most. Where she plays a drug loving, surgery addicted, spoiled rich twat. So she plays herself and she plays it with enough gusto that you would think that she wasn't acting but being who she is. Which is fine and dandy if you ask me.

Because the last thing we need is another bad film where she stars in. Which this one is not and she should just resort to doing these roles as we don't have to look at her vacant mug for an hour and a half. So outside of Paris and the spoken word verses. There is no downside to this. It is just brilliantly dark and amazing. But I do have one recommendation. If you can find this at a local art house go see it there. As I can see this taking the Rocky Horror route. Where people dress up for the movie and act out the scenes.

It is just one of those musicals where the audience can become part of the greater picture and it is something that I would love to experience. So I hope you give this a shot and enjoy it as much as I do as I sit back and get ready for a second viewing tonight with my best friend.

My Rating: 4/5 Stars

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