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cover: Repo! The Genetic Opera (2008)

Repo! The Genetic Opera (2008)

Director(s): Darren Lynn Bousman

Theatrical Release: 2008

Cast: Anthony Stewart Head, Alexa Vega, Paul Sorvino, Terrance Zdunich, Paris Hilton, Sarah Brightman

Genre(s): Horror, musical, Comedy, Dean's List

Countries: USA

Location in store: Horror

(2 / 2)
Ant Rating
Running Time: 97m.

Saw series mainstay Darren Lynn Bousman reunites with Twisted Pictures producers Oren Koules and Mark Burg for this futuristic shocker detailing a terrifying epidemic of organ failures. The denizens of planet Earth have been devastated by inexplicable and widespread organ failures, and as a result scientists begin planning a substantial organ harvest. Though an innovative biotech conglomerate subsequently offers the fearful public a means of maintaining their health by enacting a series of hassle-free organ payment plans, things begin to get messy when it's revealed that the financed body parts are subjected to legal default, and that failure to maintain proper payment will result in forceful repossession of the organs. Paul Sorvino and Spy Kids' Alexa Vega star alongside celebrity socialite Paris Hilton in the Lionsgate film. (


DVD Special Features:

! From Stage to Screen featurette

! Audio Commentary with director Darren Lynn Bousman and actors Bill Moseley, Alexa Vega and Ogre

! Audio Commentary with director Darren Lynn Bousman, co-creators Darren Smith and Terrence Zdunich and music producer Joseph Bishara

! Legal Assassin featurette

! Theatrical Trailer

Member Reviews

Visually stunning by C20005635 - March 17, 2009
Reviews of this have been all over the place from greatest ever to worst. I fall in the middle. I think everyone should see it at least once because it is very stylish. I thought the storyline was interesting and was intrigued with musical horror. There is a lot of gore and guts, no worries if you are looking for that. The singing is fine to great, depending on the actor. I thought Paris Hilton was ok, not great, but ok. Anthony sang his heart out. In fact, I think most everyone sang their hearts out. The music composition seemed topnotch.

Some of the technology gimmicks, such as 3D photos were superb.

What didn't I like? The lyrics, mostly. Out of the songs, there were only two or three that I liked. I detested much of the poorly written lyrical dialogue. I wanted to "love" the songs and I really didn't. Often I wished I was watching it while listening to some other great music.

Watching it evoked memories of some stunning music videos from years past, particularly Nine Inch Nails. Made me wonder if some of the people involved with making it had cut their teeth on such videos.

Loved the style - including the use of live action and comics, the story and many of the performances. Hated the lyrics.

Would I watch it again? I believe that I would be willing to give it another try, but not very soon. After all, I appreciate the creativity, just didn't enjoy the writing.