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Repo! The Genetic Opera

HD   R Closed Captioning

Darren Lynn Bousman

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About the Movie

In the year 2056 – the not so distant future – an epidemic of organ failures devastates the planet. Out of the tragedy, a savior emerges: GeneCo, a biotech company that offers organ transplants… for a price. Those who miss their payments are scheduled for repossession and hunted by villainous Repo Men.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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35%
  • Reviews Counted: 57
  • Fresh: 20
  • Rotten: 37
  • Average Rating: 4.4/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: Darren Lynn Bousman, the director of several Saw sequels, has devised an excruciating new torture with Repo! The Genetic Opera. – Nathan Lee, New York Times, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: If steampunk bloodbaths aren't for you, it's a long wait for the fat lady to sing. – Sean Howe, Entertainment Weekly, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: Talented actors are involved, and I will spare them by not citing their names. – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: Repo! might have been an SNL or MADtv skit, but as a movie, it should be repossessed by its financiers. – Claudia Puig, USA Today, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Rock on! A musical for me!

Take one part rock music, one part bio/steam punk, a future city in devastation and you have Repo! The first thing you will notice about Repo is the music. I will say Repo is different from any movie you have ever seen. Not only is it a different movie, but the music crosses various genres and delivers you a beautiful blending of music. Repo is not just a musical, it is an Opera and operas are usually sung from beginning to end with little dialogue. There is some beautiful opera music with lead vocals by Sarah Brightman, but there are also razor sharp rock duets by Sarah and Anthony Stewart Head. Another notable singer in Repo is the very talented Paul Sorvino, who I had no idea could sing so well! Let me also jump on the bandwagon that Paris Hilton is in this film, and it’s not what you think…exactly. This role changed my opinion about Paris, the part was not only perfect for her but she is only in it for a brief time (and performed very well). She’s an addicted surgery addict, head of the “Zydrate Support Network.” What is Zydrate you ask? It is a futuristic drug that eases the pain of frequent surgery, without the side effects of having to go under while getting surgery. The songs are brilliant, simple but highly effective and most definitely will get stuck in your head (even the brief ones). The various musical talents shine on the movies soundtrack, vocals, and guitars, beautiful with a side of razor blades. Notable songs include “At the Opera Tonight,” “Things You See in a Graveyard,” “Legal Assassin,” “Zydrate Anatomy,” “Chase the Morning,” and “We Started this Opera S**t.” The next thing I love about Repo is the visuals; dark and colorful, they are stunning and well done by the creative team at SwitchVFX. They are in fact so beautiful that it makes you want to see it in person, as if it were a real place. Some wonderful effects to note include the city in ruins, 3d portraits and digital corneas. There is an overall glow on the film that draws you in and makes you want to be a part of a futuristic world with advanced technology. Let me also same the premise of the story is amazing. In the distant future, organ failure became a worldwide problem. In the midst of finding a cure, thousands died and grave markers can be found everywhere as a reminder to the city and its people. GeneCo found a cure, replacing organs on a financing plan. However, those who miss their payments….Geneco send out the Repo Man (there is some blood/gore but it’s very minimal). The thing about the organ collecting is its legal! “90 days delinquent and you get the repo treatment.” I also want to talk about what very few musicals I enjoy. There are classics including “The Sound of Music,” “The Nightmare before Christmas.” Some recent ones I enjoy include “Chicago” and “Sweeny Todd,” however many people compare Repo to “Rocky Horror Picture Show” and “Blade Runner”. I want to say “Sweeny Todd,” fell short for me, the music wasn’t that great and Rocky Horror is just not part of my generation nor is “Blade Runner”. Sure the visuals of Repo remind me of “Blade Runner,” however they vastly improved on their visual ideas and there is nothing wrong with that. If one wants to say Repo reminds them of such movies, great but I think Repo is today’s “Rocky Horror” for my generation. It was made for cult movies/cult TV fans and you will either totally understand or “get” the world of Repo or you won’t. One thing is for sure; after I saw Repo I had so many questions. What happens next? What happened before? I also want to say Repo is a cult film; it’s been driven by the creators and only fan support (little if no corporate help whatsoever). Repo has created a fan family community and I invite you to check out the world of Repo.

THE GREATEST PIECE OF ART TO EVER BE MADE BY HUMANS- NAY, ALL CREATION IN THE UNIVERSE EVER.

This. Should. Win. Every. Award. Ever. Made.

A weird, wild ride

I decided to buy this movie on iTunes because I saw NOTHING but rave reviews about it from every single person who wrote one. A strange, tripped-out, rock n' roll horror-opera-musical?? And everyone loves it?? Man, I've got to check this out! So I did, and I will say that I liked the movie. Very stylish, entertaining and different, and boasts some good musical numbers. However, I'm a little befuddled at the sheer EXTENT of these rave reviews! The movie was good, but it didn't blow my socks off. It's basically trying to become the "Rocky Horror" of the now-generation: make a horror-rock musical with Evanescence/Nine Inch Nails-style music infused with opera singing. Mostly mediocre opera singing in my opinion, with the exception of Paul Sorvino, who is just the man. I'm a big fan of movies like "Rocky Horror," "Little Shop of Horrors" and "Grease," my three favorite rock-musicals. This new movie was good and the music rocked hard, but it also was not nearly as catchy and addicting as the music in these other films. There were no rousing choruses that were left stuck in my head, no songs that I felt were 'hits.' The songs are all good, but I didn't feel that they were GREAT! Now I'm sure a bunch of people are gonna jump on here and lash out at me for being the only person to not kneel down at this movie's feet. I did like it, but after reading nothing but raves, I expected much more. Maybe I need to watch it once or twice more (as some movies really need time to resonate before you actually like them), before I really LOVE IT.