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Movie Review: Repo! The Genetic Opera

By Edited Feb 18, 2016 2 2

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     Written by Darren Smith and Terrance Zdunich,  Released in 2008, Repo! The Genetic Opera[1] enjoys an all star cast in this fantastical romp through our possible future. Anthony Head (Buffy the vampire slayer, The Adventures of Merlin) stars in this twisted tale about what can happen when transplant surgery goes to the rich, desperate and twisted people of this sad, yet very cool, future. His performance is totally off the charts and yes, he can sing! Vocalizing the musical numbers with a fervor I have never before beheld from the trainer of Buffy the vampire slayer.

     More graphic novel than movie, this rock like no other, opera takes you on a spectacularly multicolored adventure regarding organ transplants and the repo man. Delivering a wonderful sense of fear and excitement, it's all star cast takes you to the edge of the cliff and back again. Gruesome and artistic in its nature, cool is not a cool enough word to describe how it takes you to another world filled with pain and delight.

     The list of supporting actors is impressive: Alex Vega (Spy Kids, Sleepover) as Shilo the repo mans daughter, Sarah Brightman (Wanted, Ronin) as blind Mag, Paris Hilton (The Simple Life, Zoolander) as Amber Sweet, Nivek Ogre from Skinny Puppy (Murderball, An American Werewolf in Paris) as Pavi Largo, Terrance Zdunich (The Devil's Carnival, Into the Wild) as Graverobber, Bill Moseley (The Devils Rejects, Army of Darkness) as Luigi Largo and Paul Sorvino (Goodfellas, The Cooler) as Rotti Largo. Each and every one of them delivering an award winning performance in this fantastic piece of eye candy.

     The music is spectacular in this wonderful science fiction meets Rocky Horror Picture show and even features a cameo appearance from Joan Jett. Repo! The Genetic Opera follows the life of a young woman named Shilo, who lost her mother when she was born, and as a result her father Nathan Wallace (AKA The Repo Man) keeps her locked up in her room for fear of losing her as well. However, If anyone knows anything about teenage girls, is that you can't lock them up without them somehow escaping to the outside world. He lies to her, and manages to convince her that she has an incurable blood disease that makes her vulnerable to infection and disease; but she would rather die than rot away her whole life in one little room. The only glimpse of the outside world she normally gets is when she manages to sneak out on the balcony to get a glimpse of the outside world.

     Repo! The Genetic Opera is a wonderful movie full of great music, great acting and an incredibly well written script. You may find yourself watching it more than once in order to get all the nuances available to your hungry eyes. So grab some popcorn, settle in and prepare yourself for a rock opera like no other; spectacular in its machination meanings and calling you back for more!

Repo! The Genetic Opera Mic Spicer 2013-10-24 4.5 0 5
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May 16, 2013 3:23am
Sounds interesting.
May 27, 2013 10:46pm
What a totally bizarro concept, but I'm glad you liked it :)!
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  1. "Repo! The Genetic Opera." IMDb. 14/05/2013 <Web >

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