DIRECTED BY: Darren Lynn Bousman
FEATURING: Anthony Head, Paul Sorvino, Alexa Vega, Sarah Brightman, Bill Moseley, Paris Hilton
PLOT: A worldwide epidemic leaves humanity on the brink, but a biotechnology
company saves everyone…for a price. Anyone unwilling or unable to pay becomes the prey of a killing machine known as the Repo Man, who repossesses organs after he kills deadbeats!
WHY IT WON’T MAKE THE LIST: Musicals, by their very nature, are weird, pseudo-realities that insist that in some situations, you just HAVE to sing. And dance. And harmonize with other people who also sing. And dance. And while it is difficult to say how that is not weird, Repo! The Genetic Opera manages to be oh-so pedestrian. Despite a plot that is a very distinct hybrid of Parts: The Clonus Horror, any random season of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”, and Tommy, there is no real imagination here, no sense of true creative force or even the vaguest idea how to be artistically subversive. It’s just throwaway horror movie culture pap that would have been forgotten already if it weren’t so damn awful.
COMMENTS: Every now and then a movie comes along that is so strikingly different and weird, people just have to stand up and take notice. Such a movie can become a cult film overnight, igniting passionate statements online like “[Repo!] is such an amazing and very cool artistically rich and collaboratively ingenious of characters with rich metal Gothic and opera soul.” But then again, sometimes a movie can seem original at first glance yet really be quite plain when one takes a closer look. Such is the case with Repo! The Genetic Opera. It is a collection of ideas from the bowels of the Joss Whedon fan-club message boards that is not so much weird as it is totally silly. To the casual observer, this might look like something that hasn’t been done before, but all it is at closer inspection is a series of things that have been done before, Continue reading CAPSULE: REPO! THE GENETIC OPERA (2008)