Repo! The Genetic Opera (2008)

Repo! The Genetic Opera is a musical directed by Darren Lynn Bousman and starring Alexa Vega, Anthony Stewart Head, Paul Sorvino, Sarah Brightman, Paris Hilton and Terrance Zdunich.

In the future, organs can be ordered, surgery is the favorite hobby of the world and one company rules the world: GeneCo. And for things to run smoothly, GeneCo employs a Repo Man, in charge of bringing back those organse people can’t pay for anymore.
In this world lives the naive Shilo (Alexa Vega), fiercely protected by her father Nathan (Anthony Stewart Head) because she has a rare blood disease that also killed her mother. But Shilo not only wants to break free – she needs to.

Oh boy. I did not expect this film to be good. At all. But even those expectations I had were still too high. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a musical with worse music or a plot that made less sense. And when even Anthony Stewart Head seems like he can’t act his way out of a soap opera, you’re doing something seriously wrong.

The title should have been enough pointer already. What the fuck is a genetic opera anyway? But naively I thought that the movie might have some explanation for it. But the plot is so riddled with holes in general, an out-of-place use of the word “genetic” is the least of its problems.

But okay, let’s give it some license. It’s a musical after all [it is not an opera, people, there’s talking] and sometimes, the scenes are made to fit the songs. Fine. But then at least the songs should have been good. They’re grating, and everytime there was a tune where I thought, “okay, now that’s a nice melody”, it was immediately followed by a song that bad, you didn’t even notice the performances any more.

And the performances were awful. I mean, I know that Anthony Stewart Head can sing and act – why didn’t he do it in this film? Alexa Vega was forgettable. The only people to approach goodness were Terrance Zdunich as the Graverobber and Sarah Brightman as Blind Mag. Unfortunately, the Graverobber was a convenient device to fill at least a few of the plot holes, not a character.

Where the movie went at least a little right, is in the costume/set design department. In a very trashy and very theatrical way, it looks pretty amazing. It’s just not enough to actually want to watch the film.

Summarising: Don’t believe the rumors that this is an underground cult movie. This is no The Room – it’s not even entertaining in its badness.

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