Set in the near future when artificial organs can be bought on credit, it revolves around a man who struggles to make the payments on a heart he has purchased. He must therefore go on the run before said ticker is repossessed.
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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. In a world where surgery addicts are hooked on painkilling drugs and murder is sanctioned by law, a sheltered young girl searches for the cure to her own rare disease as well as information about her family's mysterious history. After being sucked into the haunting world of GeneCo, she is unable to turn back, as all of her questions will be answered at the wildly anticipated spectacular event: The Genetic Opera. Written by
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I actually admire this movie more then I do like it
Okay combine Opera with Gothic subculture, heavy metal, slasher movies and dystopian futures. It's an interesting combination, and one that is in this film throughout. For that I can guess you can safely say there is no other movie I have seen that is like this (and I've done over 1000) and I just have to give the movie extra points for that because... the combination works.
In the future Organ failures become more common and a company called GeneCo gives people organs to pay off later as debt - don't pay it and they just take it out of you (which a law was passed making it 100% legal). We follow Nathan, a Repo Man trying to keep his daughter Shilo safe from the outside world but she is asked to go out with the president of GeneCo because he can cure the blood disease which killed her mother. Through this she learns more and more about the outside world and becomes a little more rebellious to her father each time she goes outside.
Okay, so being as that this is an Opera - the big question is How's the music? Well I enjoyed it. It doesn't just have heavy metal as a genre, there are also elements of pop, dubstep and other forms of music of the last century or so. The movie is rich in these kinds of music and if you're into either or most of these genres then I do suggest taking a look at this movie.
If I had any complaint with the music, it had to be the song "Mark It Up". It's about the spoiled children of the CEO of GeneCo singing about who will inherit the monopolies of both the organ harvesting and the painkillers. I mean it's played for laughs but it's out of place with the rest of the movie. If you want a song in this movie played for laughs then Thankless Job was funny enough (sorry, my sense of humour is disgusting) and all it really does is just tell us that all three of them want the same thing... Even though without it, that's established okay enough.
Aside from that the visual style is striking, the cinematography is good, the acting and singing gets surprisingly good from some of the main players (did you know Carmen from Spy Kids can sing?). If there is a weakness from the main players, it's Paul Sorvino - he can't sing. I'd also say for something that doesn't really have as high of a budget as other movies of it's type the whole production design is a clear example of something that's done in this movie really well.
This movie obviously requires a specific taste for people to enjoy it. I mean if what you're looking for is something that takes a few risks, you can turn off your brain and enjoy as well as look at good production design and listen to some good metal songs then this is probably going to be a movie worth checking out. It's certainly a unique film of which I would not be surprised if there will be a cult following for this movie in about 10 or so years because when you get down to it while the plot does have some holes in it it still holds up because what works in this movie works really well.
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