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Repo! The Genetic Opera

Repo! The Genetic OperaOkay, count me as the newest obsessee of Repo! I mean, I’ve known for months now that I’ve LOVED the music, but I finally saw the movie last night, and wow.

I will admit that when I realized that this was made by the same people who made the Saw movies, I seriously reconsidered purchasing it, because I really Do Not enjoy scary movies. But I’m so so so happy that I bought it.

It’s a dark movie, obviously, given the subject matter. In the 21st century, there is a pandemic of organ failures – a lot of people die from it. Out of the chaos rises GeneCo, a company that does organ transplants. If you can’t afford one, they will partially fund it. But if you can’t make any of your payments, they will send the Repo Man to take back the organ that you got.

So yes, dark subject matter. But oh, it was a gorgeous movie. The music is brilliant (but I knew that already). It’s all singing, as per usual for an opera. Sometimes it felt a little awkward, but for the most part it was brilliant. The costumes were awesome. The setting was creepy; it felt futuristic yet somehow gothic. It was just all-around beautiful (in a dark sort of way). Yes, there were parts that were gory, but it was done in such a way that it definitely did not seem realistic at all – I think this was definitely a factor as to why I loved this and wasn’t really squeamish at all about it.

The cast was brilliant – Anthony Stewart Head! Sarah Brightman! Lots of others! Lovely people! Even Paris Hilton wasn’t as bad as I had expected her to be.

I also loved the use of comic book panels to tell the backstory of each of the characters. Because the characters all had a past that (in all honesty) could have made up a whole new movie of its own, it was certainly an effective way to explain it without making it confusing (which it could have easily become).

So yes, brilliant movie! Will be watching it again soon. And now I’ve been listening to the soundtrack all day. Oh, wonderful stuff!

Posted by Courtney Wilson @ 6:15 pm January 28, 2009.
Category: Movie Reviews