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Repo! The Genetic Opera a Teen Goth Fantasy

Published November 6, 2008 in Movie Reviews
By Fred Topel | Image property of Lionsgate
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I was fine with Repo! The Genetic Opera. It didn't affect me as deeply as High School Musical 3: Senior Year, but it has a good spirit. It's like a teen goth fantasy with fishnet babes firing guns and black schoolgirl skirts like Wednesday Addams.

Review: Repo! The Genetic Opera

It's worth it just to hear Anthony Stewart Head singing again. He doesn't have Joss Whedon material this time, but it's better than his album. His voice cracks with such pain, it makes anything sound good.

All the songs sound like they have the exact same beat. It's a bit too much thumping for 90 minutes but at least it's not techno pop. They've got some overlapping voices that sound nice. I heard some organ music in there. Get it? The lyrics don't always rhyme. I mean, battery, anatomy, surgery? Come on.

The style is a bit much too. It's all sepia colored, so it's ironic old timey future. The rapid jump cutting feels too much like Saw, not the best way to distinguish your filmmaking style.

The premise of repossessing body parts is really only the backdrop to a story about family secrets. I kind of wanted to see the political metaphor. What do they do with repossessed organs? Do they reuse them or just kill people to set an example for paying your creditors?

Repo is not quite a rave (ha!), but it's a pleasant experiment. Even if it doesn't totally work, it's different enough to compel you to finish it.

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