Monday, September 6, 2010

my brief thoughts on.... 'Repo! The Genetic Opera'

i've never been much of a fan of musicals.... and i may catch flack for this, but i'm not even a fan of 'The Rocky Horror Picture Show'.... that's the closest thing i can relate to this.... although this movie is not funny.... it still has it's satirical moments, but it's not ha ha funny.... now before you go to watch this movie.... (which is OnDemand).... you should know it is a full on musical.... there is very little talking.... it's 98.5% singing.... well, maybe not a musical.... to be more correct, a rock opera.... because it has big guitars, bass and drums.... and is anything but quiet.... the big difference between this movie and other ones like it is that it's not afraid to pull any punches.... this is full of blood, guts, gore and icky stuff.... i mean, it's about repossesing body parts.... it has to have it's share of horror.... and it's not subtle.... this movie has a lot going for it just as a horror film.... but when you add that additional layer of music, it turns it into something entirely different.... and i can't decide exactly how i feel about it....

this is set in the future where a plague or something has caused a large part of the population to suffer from organ failures.... it wipes out a huge portion of society.... and the people that are left turn to a big corporation who are willing to provide replacement organs to save lives.... and they'll even put them on an installment plan.... but this comes with a potential price.... as they get the ability to reposses the organs if they default on their payments.... that's where the repo men come into play.... meanwhile, the head of the corporation is dying and his three children are all eyeing the throne.... and he has yet to name a replacement.... that's just the meat of it.... there's a lot of other things going on as well.... the side dishes to the main course....
so after all of this.... have i changed my opinion on musical/rock operas....? not really.... i still find them hard to watch.... and i can't really say why.... all i know is that something just doesn't sit right with me when i watch them.... this movie was the better of the ones i've seen.... i mean where else can you see Bill Moseley, Paris Hilton, Alexa Vega (of 'Spy Kids'), Paul Sorvino, Sarah Brightman and some actor who goes by the name Ogre....? the cast was excellent.... the music was interesting.... the story was original.... it was well directed and the cinematography was well done.... i don't really have anything bad to say about it.... i just can't get past my bias.... oh well, maybe someday.... until then.... i don't regret seeing this.... i just don't know if i'll need to see it again anytime soon.... oh and it's a 3 out of 5 star rating from me.

if you like this, check out: 'The Rocky Horror Picture Show', 'Cannibal! The Musical'....are there any others....?

1 comment:

  1. I tried watching it when it came out. During the scene in the graveyard (the first song, I believe?) I had to turn it off. And I LOVE Rocky Horror Picture Show. I just couldn't separate myself from the lousy Hot Topic vibe this movie was sending me.