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Rated R
Copyright 2008 Lionsgate Films and Twisted Pictures
Reviewed by SPazzo on 4 April 2010

The Characters:  

  • Shilo Wallace - A seventeen year old goth girl, and the heroine of this strange and bizarre opera. She is kept in her room by her protective father. Very reminiscent of Avril Lavigne.
  • Repo Man/Nathan Wallace - Giles! Anthony Stewart Head! The man who this movie was named after, and Shilo's father. He tells Shilo that he's a doctor, but he's really out killing poor people for his boss. He starts out good, turns bad, turns good, turns bad, gets shot, turns good, and dies.
  • Rotti Largo - A very rich Italian man, and the CEO of the GeneCo Corp. He decided to finance organs for people, but if they don't pay, he sends Nathan after them. He also wears a toupee.
  • Blind Mag - A famous opera singer, owned by Rotti Largo and the GeneCo Corp. All Rights Reserved. Her eyes can do more than just see. Fence posts don't agree with her.
  • Amber Sweet - Paris Hilton! Rotti's bratty daughter. Addicted to the knife, and painkillers. She also wears skimpy leather and has some hunky bodyguards with her at all times. Paris Hilton finally has a role just perfect for her.
  • Luigi Largo - One of Rotti Largo's sons. He likes to kill people and rip his shirt open. Is trying to steal his fathers company. He also is a big fan of the F-word.
  • Pavi Largo - The other one of Rotti's sons. Is also trying to steal his father's company. He likes to take women's faces and attach them to his face, WHILE receiving a bj.
  • Graverobber - The narrator of this tale. He likes to open up graves, take out the bodies, insert a syringe into the nose of the body, draw out some blue liquid and sell it on the street as a drug. YUMMY! It's nice to see that Eric Draven from the Crow has found work.
  • Marni - Shilo's dead mother. She sings, is best friends with Blind Mag, betrays men, and dies.
  • Various Genterns - The sexy nurses that work for GeneCo. The only reason to watch this movie.

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The Plot: 

REPO! The Genetic Opera, is, in fact, an opera. It is not a musical, but an opera. I didn't know there was a difference, but according to the DVD, there is! With a musical a scene will play out like normal, then everyone will sing about it. With an opera, the whole movie is singing! Every scene is a song. Now ask yourself, is this for me?

While you're thinking about that, I'll get onto the plot. In the future, the general population of the world likes to get organ transplants for fun. But organs are expensive, so the transplatees need to make payments. What happens if you miss a payment? Well, the company who runs all of this sends out a repo man to brutally murder you and take your organs while your body is thrown into a mass grave. Lovely!

While this is all happening we meet our heroine. The young and a bit goth Shilo Wallace. She has a blood dieses and can't go outside. Her father, Nathan, is a “doctor” who is the one keeping her inside. Cut to Nathan's secret lab, and boom! He's the Repo Man. SURPRISE!

While all of this is happening, you start to realize. This movie seems a little goth. It also seems a little bit like SAW. AND it also seems a little bit like Rocky Horror. I can just see the brainstorm room now... “Hey everyone, let's take the violence of SAW, the gothness of The Crow, and the singing of Rocky Horror and mix it all together and see what happens!” Now, reading that last sentence may make it seem like it's a good thing. It's not.

Nathan works for the company GeneCo which is run by Rotti Largo. Now, Rotti used to love Marni (who ran away with Nathan) but because she left him, he killed her and blamed it on Nathan. Rotti is dying so he tries to get Shilo to take over the company because his kids (Pavi, Luigi, and Paris Amber) are all after the company. Rotti also has a contract that Blind Mag, the famous singer and Marni's former best friend, has to do whatever he says.

Did you get all that?

The climax of this opera takes place at (surprise again) AN OPERA! GeneCo runs a “Genetic Opera” where organ transplantees go and testify. All this happens while the hot nurses of the film make out on stage and single moms flash the camera. Why can't tent revivals be more like this?

Now, Shilo sneaks out to the Genetic Opera without her dad knowing. Meanwhile, Nathan is asked to kill Mag, but he refuses. Shilo learns that she must kill the Repo Man. Meanwhile Nathan (the Repo Man) is trying to find Shilo. At this point I'm thinking that this could end badly.

Will Shilo kill her father? Will Nathan stop Rotti? Who will inherit GeneCo? What will happen at the Genetic Opera? Do we really care? In the end there is a very cute message about letting go of your kids, while the message for kids is to still love your parents. What a wonderful message in a SAW style slash of gore! This is exactly what I would show my kids!

The movie does all end up good, for those of you who were worried. If you liked the Crow, The Rocky Horror (Picture) Show, or SAW I would recommend it. If you hate musicals for some strange reason, stay far away.

Things I Learned From This Movie: 

  • In the year 2054, they will still be using cameras from the year 1900.
  • Taking Zydrate is a very sexual process.
  • Details about celebrities contracts are published in fashion magazines.
  • Watching a comic book is the best way to find out more about important characters.
  • Making sexual movements with your hands while little bouncy noises play in the background means you're tough.
  • In the future, renaissance fairs will offer booths for getting skin grafts.
  • Even though being a Repo man is a thankless job, somebody has to do it.
  • If you put your arm up inside of a person, you can make them sing like a puppet.

Stuff To Watch For: 

  • 1 min - So, am I watching a comic book?
  • 13 mins - She's BALD?
  • 22 mins - So, now is everybody dropping the F-bomb or what?
  • 41 mins - Paris Hilton in skimpy leather. Just what I've always wanted to see!
  • 58 mins - Hey, is that Joan Jett? No, it must be a guy...
  • 89 mins - I guess this really is an opera; everybody dies.
  • 92 mins - So I guess Paris will inherit everything. Just like real life!


  • Pavi Largo: "The most dashing, panty snatching, I will leave your diapers dripping!"
  • Rotti: "I'm Rotti Largo."
    Shilo: "I know."
    Rotti: "I own Geneco."
    Shilo: "Please, let me go!"
  • Nathan: "What chance has a seventeen-year-old girl?"
    Shilo: "I don't know what I was thinking. There's no sense in girlish dreaming. I'm just seventeen. Seventeen. But it's better than forty!"
  • Nathan: "If you poop in my pool, don't ask me to go and take a dip."

 Audio clips in wav formatSOUNDSStarving actors speak out 

Green Music Note repogeneco1.wav Shilo singing about her blood disease.
Green Music Note repogeneco2.wav The Graverobber singing about Zydrate.
Green Music Note repogeneco3.wav Everybody is singing about the opera.
Green Music Note repogeneco4.wav Shilo and Nathan having a father/daughter heart to heart - in song (of course).

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Video Cliprepogeneco1.mpg - 7.9m
The Repo Man at work.

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Re: Repo! The Genetic Opera
Reply #1. Posted on April 04, 2010, 06:28:49 PM by Andrew
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.
Re: Repo! The Genetic Opera
Reply #2. Posted on April 04, 2010, 06:34:05 PM by SPazzo
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
Re: Repo! The Genetic Opera
Reply #3. Posted on April 04, 2010, 09:24:33 PM by Scott M.
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.
Re: Repo! The Genetic Opera
Reply #4. Posted on April 05, 2010, 10:22:20 AM by yannick
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.

Re: Repo! The Genetic Opera
Reply #5. Posted on April 05, 2010, 10:35:35 AM by spongekryst
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!
Re: Repo! The Genetic Opera
Reply #6. Posted on April 05, 2010, 10:51:27 PM by Phantazm
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.

Re: Repo! The Genetic Opera
Reply #7. Posted on April 05, 2010, 11:06:39 PM by Jed Siple
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
Re: Repo! The Genetic Opera
Reply #8. Posted on April 13, 2010, 10:33:27 AM by ABArt
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).
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