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Repo! The Genetic Opera

April 26, 2010

Repo! The Genetic Opera

Repo! The Genetic Opera

A wonderful little musical that borders on the absurd the while time.  It has a great rock sound track to it and a lot of good voices.  Visually it is a very dark film that blends its musical aspects with horror and sci-fi.  The acting performances are entertaining to watch as well.

This film takes place in the future, the not to distant future.  Organ failure becomes an epidemic and a company, Gene Co., steps in.  They offer organ transplants, for a price, and when people can’t pay, they pay.  A Repo Man comes to take the organ back.  Rotti Largo, the owner of Gene Co., finds out that he is dying, and none of his children, Amber, Pavi, and Luigi, are worth it, they all have their own selfish plans.  On that night, Shilo, the daughter of the Repo Man, sneaks out into her mothers grave.  She goes outside after a bug, after curfew, and almost gets caught by the police when a Graverobber accidentally gives her and himself away.  It is only when her father, the Repo Man, shows up and pulls rank, that she is saved.  Rotti Largo hears about this and remember how he was in love with the Repo Man’s wife before she met him, and how is broke his heart.  He comes up with an detailed scheme for one last bit of revenge on the Repo Man.  He sets up Shilo, who has daddy issues, to become the new head of his company.

The acting in this film is fun for a musical.  Anthony Stewart Head, from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, takes on the lead role of the Repo Man.  In terms of acting talent, he is quite good, and his voice is extremely good from having done The Rocky Horror Show on stage and a musical episode of Buffy.  He comes off a caring and broken, which is why his character becomes a Repo Man in the first place.  Shilo is played by Alexa Vega.  She is a young actress who isn’t all that bad.  She has a solid quality to her voice and while her acting isn’t on par with Anthony Stewart Head, her performance is entertaining.  Paris Hilton, Bill Moseley, and Nivek Ogre are the children or Rotti Largo.  Hilton actually isn’t that bad in this role, her acting is acting like a stuck up brat, and being that she is a stuck up brat in real life.  Moseley and Ogre offer strong performances and are definitely creepy.  Sarah Brightman, playing a character I don’t mention, Blind Mag, , Brightman has an outstanding voice and is known more for her voice then her acting talent.  Her voice is simply beautiful.  Paul Sorvino shows up in a few other films and he has gives a good performance.

Visually this film is very good.  Darren Lynn Bousman directs this film, he has ties to some Saw films, and while the filming style doesn’t directly match, there are some levels at which they are similar and are very dark.  Darren Smith and Terrance Zdunich wrote this screenplay and have been performing this show with a couple other people (or parts of this show) across the world and when it started to draw interest people loved it, so they made a short film of it and then with Bousman they made it into a feature length.  Smith and Zdunich do a great job with music.

This is a wonderfully gothic film, so dark with little bits of horror twisted into it.  The music is very entertaining.  This film isn’t a masterpiece by any means, but overall is very enjoyable.  Everything just comes together into a film that could very easily ends up being a cult classic.  This isn’t a film that most people will like because of how off the wall it is, but it is very entertaining in how it is portrayed on the screen.

Entertainment Grade: B+

Critical Grade: D+

Overall Grade: B

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