Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Repo! The Genetic Opera (2008) review


I had heard mixed reviews on this movie, and now that I've seen it, I realize how strange this movie really was. It had a few good songs and a certain flair to it, but it was overall lacking and way too out there for me.

PLOT:In the future, there's a company called GeneCo which has helped bunches of people with organ transplants when they were low on money. They could pay on their new organs as if it were a house or a car, in monthly payments. However, if you missed a payment, the evil Repo Men would come and rip that organ right out of you without warning. One young girl named Shilo (Alexa Vega) decides to look into this. She was diagnosed with a blood disease at birth which was inherited from her mother, so she's locked up in the house by her worrisome father, Nathan (Anthony Head), who has a dark secret to hide. Things start to change for Shilo when the owner of GeneCo, Rotti Largo (Paul Sorvino, decides to take her into his world. It's a pretty good plot executed in a strange and almost-decent way.

ACTING:The acting in here was okay. There were some good performances and some bad performances, considering you also have to judge them for their operatic/vocal talent. Among the many faces in here, we have Paris Hilton and Bill Moseley accompanying Alexa Vega and the rest. The best performance would have to be by Alexa Vega as Shilo Wallace. She was the most involved in the movie and in emotion, aside from the Grave Robber played by Terrance Zdunich. The Grave Robber had to be my favorite character. The other shiners would be Paul Sorvino as Rotti Largo, Nivek Ogre a Pavi Largo, Paris Hilton as Amber Sweet, and Sarah Brightman as Blind Mag. Bill Moseley didn't live up to his full potential in her, as he did in some of his previous work.

SCORE:The score in here was decent at times. This movie is told almost completely in song, as it is a sort of a rock opera. For the most part, the soundtrack was pretty awful. The actors weren't very talented singers and the background score just sounded cheap. However, there were a few good songs I liked, such as the beginning scene in the graveyard and the song sung by the Grave Digger in the middle. Overall, though, the soundtrack was not very good.

EFFECTS:The effects in here were okay. The computer animation used for the city was pretty cheap, but I felt it fit in and got the job done. The effects of the blood and gore were also cheap-looking, as well as gross. It's perfect for a fan of the gutsy kind of horror movies, but it was just a little crudely overdone to me.

OTHER CONTENT:This movie was truly something strange. It was like combining Rocky Horror with Sweeney Todd, but removing all the clever wit and camp. This movie just feels strange and out-of-place. I appreciate its unique style and idea, as well as some of the songs. However, this movie just feels a bit brain-dead. It seems like they were trying to make this way more serious than it actually is. Had it contained some cleverness in place of all the gore, the movie would have been a little better. However, it's just a strange movie for those who want something a little too different from the norm.

OVERALL,a mediocre movie with a good but strange plot, okay acting, decent but mainly awful score, cheap and okay effects, a lack of wit, a brain-dead feeling of over-seriousness, and just a lot of gross strangeness, but a few songs and characters were really cool and it has a unique style to it.

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