Sunday, November 9, 2008

REVIEW: Repo! The Genetic Opera

I saw this movie last night at a packed theater in New York City, The Angelika to be exact. I showed up with my friend Derek at 9:30 and they were completely sold out for the 10:45 showing, so we had to get tickets for the 12:45 showing. Now while that one wasn't sold out, it was pretty packed, and there was a line to get into the theater an hour before showtime.
Now onto the movie, the basic story was simple, in the future people's organs start failing and transplants are needed, so GeneCo appears and makes organs available to those who need them, but at a price. If you can't afford the price then a monthly bill plan is instated, and if you can't pay the bill and find yourself in debt, a Repo Man comes and repossesses the organ, and if you happen to die in the process, that's not his problem.
An interesting story idea, definitely gives me the willies just thinking about it, throw in some killer music and operatic themes and you got yourself an odd blend. A heavy metal horror opera. Sweeney Todd looks like Hairspray compared to this.
The opening scene is a montage of comic book panels set to eerie music, my jaw dropped once it started. The montage gives the back story, and the way it's done was magnificent. The comic book montages appear frequently to give some back story on various characters.

In short, this movie was great. It had killer songs, memorable characters, amazing visuals, and a great cameo during one of the numbers (not gonna spoil it :P). If you liked Sweeney Todd, then you will really LOVE Repo! The Genetic Opera.


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