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Title: Repo! The Genetic Opera
Post by: Andrew on April 04, 2010, 05:24:14 PM
Reader review by Spazzo.  This is an opera.  The plot is about organ transplants that are repossessed if the owner does not make the payments.  The cast includes Paris Hilton and Andrew Lloyd Webber's ex-wife.  Yes, this is a real film.

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Title: Re: Repo! The Genetic Opera
Post by: Andrew on April 04, 2010, 06:28:49 PM
Overall, I did not enjoy this movie nearly as much as Spazzo.  The premise of a future where organ transplants can be repossessed is quite inspired, and I can even enjoy it being an opera.  My problem was that, quite often, the songs did not flow.  “Zydrate Anatomy,” “Thankless Job,” and “At the Opera Tonight” were memorable exceptions.  Unfortunately, that is only three out of more than fifty different songs.

The song also reminded me of “Les Miserables” on a number of occasions, especially “Thankless Job.”  It’s a weird mix of “Master of the House” and “Dog Eat Dog.”  There was another section that reminded me of “Chess” as well.  I do not make these comparisons just because “Repo!” is an opera and the others are musicals (theater’s kissin’ cousins, so to speak).  I cannot believe that “Les Miserables” did not influence “Thankless Job” in some way.  

The Graverobber is probably my favorite character, because he plays the role of narrator at times and so he does not have to operate entirely inside of the story.  In fact, when Shilo first encounters the Graverobber, he appears to be outside of the story – committing exposition at will without fear of reprisal.  Suddenly, he is obviously completely “there” and it was fun puzzling out what the heck was going on.  His later interaction with “Mistress” Hilton is also quite inspired.

Where the film failed me is that many songs were just the characters attempting to sing their lines, but they are really just talking in tempo.

Title: Re: Repo! The Genetic Opera
Post by: SPazzo on April 04, 2010, 06:34:05 PM
Where the film failed me is that many songs were just the characters attempting to sing their lines, but they are really just talking in tempo.

Hmm...  I know what you mean Andrew.  I know people who have complained about that.  I personally don't really care, but there are people who do.  I probably should have mentioned it in the review.  Ah well. :tongueout:

Title: Re: Repo! The Genetic Opera
Post by: Scott M. on April 04, 2010, 09:24:33 PM
I find this film mildly entertaining although I admit that it isn't for everyone.  Some of the tunes are downright catchy.  There is only ONE reason that this film sells as well as it does, and that reason is...  NIVEK OGRE from the classic, highly influential industrial rock band, Skinny Puppy.  He really does fit the role of Pavi, but unfortunately he's not in front of the camera enough in my opinion.  
If you troll around the net, you'll find that there is a RABBID audience for this film.  They even go so far as to refer to Ogre as Pavi in real life and I can't tell you how many of them want to sleep with Ogre dressed as Pavi.  The fans (a small, yet hardcore community) are as crazy about this film as the Browncoats are over Firefly.

My other gripe about this film is the audio quality.  I have the soundtrack for Repo and the songs sound fantastic.  In the movie however, the volume levels and mixing are off.  The music volume is too low and the voices are too loud.  While clear, the effect is that they're singing with someone's radio playing in the background sometimes.  Also, the lip sync in some of the scenes isn't very good.

The songs however, I enjoy quite a bit.  I tend to enjoy the soundtrack more than the movie though.

This film is definitely for a SMALL audience.  Most people will think that it's a big steaming pile of trash like most of my mainstream minded friends.  Then again, these friends also hate 2001: A Space Odessey which is my absolute favoritie film ever.  So... "Different Strokes For Different Folks" I guess.

Title: Re: Repo! The Genetic Opera
Post by: yannick on April 05, 2010, 10:22:20 AM
Would have been so much better without the opera part. I was really trying to like this movie, the idea behind it was really good, but the opera signing just discouraged me from finishing it.


Title: Re: Repo! The Genetic Opera
Post by: spongekryst on April 05, 2010, 10:35:35 AM
Frankly, the most entertaining thing about this movie is the fact that all three of the Largo children are actually singers/vocalist in bands (or in Paris' case, a one-time, wanna-be pop star). Yep, for those of you who don't know, Bill Mosely is actually in a band called Spider Mountain, and before that, in a band called Cornbugs (while singing in his Choptop persona with famed guitarist Buckethead on axe). I suggest checking them both out. Then there is Nivek Ogre, who is, as previously mentioned, in Skinny Puppy.

These three should get together and make an album together, f-ing hilarious!

Title: Re: Repo! The Genetic Opera
Post by: Phantazm on April 05, 2010, 10:51:27 PM
Why do you do this to yourself, Mr. Andrew, sir?

Not that I'm ungrateful, but the human psyche can only stand so much. 

You got farther through this than I did, though.  My dad bought it and sent it to me--evidently I p**sed him off--and I couldn't even take it out of the box!  If B-Masters gave out Bronze Stars, you'd have one with clusters for this.

Title: Re: Repo! The Genetic Opera
Post by: Jed Siple on April 05, 2010, 11:06:39 PM
I ran into a friend the other day who is a huge fan of Sarah Brightman (classical crossover singer who portrays Blind Mag).  She was going on and on about how brilliant she is and has loved everything she has ever done.  I said, "including Repo! The Genetic Opera?"  She slapped me.  :bouncegiggle:

Title: Re: Repo! The Genetic Opera
Post by: ABArt on April 13, 2010, 10:33:27 AM
My teenage daughter made me sit through this thing! I can't believe I made it all the way through -- or that I let her watch all of it. BTW, Shiloh is played by the same girl who played the female lead in the Spy Kids movies (can't remember her name right now and don't feel like looking it up).

Title: Re: Repo! The Genetic Opera
Post by: Spanish Girl on April 19, 2010, 12:32:26 AM
I love Sarah Brightman.  I just bought this movie sight unseen for an insanely cheap price and I can't wait to see it.

I've heard heaps of good things about it.

Title: Re: Repo! The Genetic Opera
Post by: DriveInMutant on April 22, 2010, 08:38:06 AM
 :thumbup: I love this movie, but I also fully understand that people expecting a straightforward horror film are going to be disappointed. It's a nonstop musical drama with occasional heavy gore played for comedic effect. I really think this movie is best viewed with a large crowd, it takes on a life of it own when a couple hundred people are singing along. This movie also grows on you with time, the songs just get catchier and characters more likable after a second viewing. Try telling me you don't have at least a sliver of one of the songs looping in your head after you finish it.

Title: Re: Repo! The Genetic Opera
Post by: Dr. Whom on July 18, 2010, 03:44:02 AM
Whoever thought of this, clearly has seen Rocky Horror way too often. This is no Rocky Horror, but the visuals are nice, it is Paris Hilton's role of a lifetime, Anthony Stewart Head is singing throughout and you've got to love the henchgirls.

Title: Re: Repo! The Genetic Opera
Post by: ArmyOfMachines25 on September 17, 2010, 09:06:46 AM
I personaly loved this movie, true its not a straight forward horror flick and people wo expcet one will be a little dissapointed, but if you accept this movie for what it is (that being a dramatic opera with some small elements of horror thrown in) then i think youll enjoy this movie.

Title: Re: Repo! The Genetic Opera
Post by: Rev. Powell on October 02, 2010, 05:46:24 PM
The concept is pretty good, and the production design is excellent.  If only the script had made a little more sense---and more importantly, if there had been just one memorable song---this would have been a decent flick.

Title: Re: Repo! The Genetic Opera
Post by: Trekkie313 on November 02, 2010, 12:27:44 AM
I hate this film, someone once said its better than The Rocky Horror Picture Show...blasphemy!  :hatred: :thumbdown:

Title: Re: Repo! The Genetic Opera
Post by: LA2019 on November 04, 2010, 02:55:05 PM
I never could stand this film.  I hated the whiny, b***hy (pardon my language, but that's the best adjective for the job), "rebellious" protagonist (how can I take any character seriously after they scream "DADDY'S GIRL'S A F**KING MONSTER!" in a musical number?), the lyrics (some of the most painful, stilted rhymes imaginable in there), the Blade Runner-meets-Batman and Robin visual aesthetic, the redundancy of the comic-book interludes (not that there was anything really wrong with them, but everything that they said ended up being explained shortly after in the narrative proper), the gothiness, and the overwhelming desperately-trying-to-be-a-cult-movie-on-purpose feel to the whole thing.  The only mitigating factors were Luigi Largo, the Grave Robber, and Blind Mag, but they also happened to be the characters who got the least screen time.

The worst part?  I'm planning on starting a science fiction blog, and, eventually, I'll have to watch it again for the review that I'll inevitably have to post.

Title: Re: Repo! The Genetic Opera
Post by: sticker on March 09, 2011, 05:20:07 PM
holy s**t! YES THIS MOVIE IS AWFUL!!!! can't say that enough. predictable and derivative as all hell...from the direction to the acting and worst of all the music! if you like musicals you should stay away! i do like musicals...certain one's at least and it does appear that this was an attempt to create a modern cult-classic like rocky horror. there is no SAW relation though really unless you are just equating gore with the movies. the songs are bad...lyrics and melody. and yes the forced "singing" of non-melodic filler lines just sums it up. another key indicator is the fact that paris hilton is the feature of the cover/poster art and not the actual main character(s). all around s**t movie and all involved should suffer...horribly.

Title: Re: Repo! The Genetic Opera
Post by: JavaBlack on June 03, 2011, 11:37:45 AM
I liked this movie.
Some of the lyrics were pretty bad, but I liked the way the songs mixed showy stuff with industrial.  I liked the atmosphere.
The story wasn't well fleshed out and if it wasn't an opera, it would have been horrible.  But it's more about atmosphere and emotion and a bunch of cool scenes than a coherent plot or any of the details thought about for more than five seconds.

I can see how it wasn't for everyone.
But I think it was good for what it was.

Title: Re: Repo! The Genetic Opera
Post by: Trekkie313 on June 03, 2011, 12:53:32 PM
My biggest dislike for this movie is the fact that so many fans of it violently trashed Repo Men (which is the far better movie with a similar concept) without even attempting to watch that movie.

Title: Re: Repo! The Genetic Opera
Post by: OmegaGeek on July 05, 2011, 08:50:28 AM
I'm going to stick up for the music in Repo! because it's some good 90's-sounding goth, and don't forget that this movie grew out of a live show that was performed for years at clubs.

Given the odd way the movie came together, I'm glad it did. It's not for everyone and while I'd love to do my own review, many from the forum I came from already have.

The music though, is part of what makes Repo! unique, although maybe I'm showing my age if that's the part I like the most. :)

Title: Re: Repo! The Genetic Opera
Post by: HarlotBug3 on August 03, 2011, 03:28:58 PM
I would only compare this movie to The Wicker Man (there is ONLY the 70s version, the nick cage version went straight to video in a just world) in that it is not a horror, not a comedy, and not a musical/opera. Even though it is made from all these elements it's main ingredient is a heaping dollop of willful WTF (can we get away with?)

It's one of the VERY few things that actually deserve the 'love it or hate it' cliche.

It is not a goth/industrial rock opera any more than Andy Kaufman was a pro-wrestler.

Watch it expecting a grotesque spectacle, not wondering whether or not it's any 'good.'

Title: Re: Repo! The Genetic Opera
Post by: HappyGilmore on August 23, 2011, 11:08:29 AM
I liked this film a lot.  Songs weren't 'great' by any means but overall, it's something I'd pop in on dvd on occasion.