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.
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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Hmm. I'm not sure what to think of REPO! THE GENETIC OPERA; as a film it gets an A+ for enthusiasm and effort, but in terms of quality it's something else entirely. This is a poorly shot (by SAW director Darren Lynn Bousman), over the top rock/horror/musical about a futuristic society where plastic surgery and the repossession of body organs are the focus of the story. It's a bit like REPO MEN but with songs instead of dialogue.
REPO! was perhaps inspired by Tim Burton's SWEENEY TODD horror musical but it's nowhere near it in terms of consistency and quality. The best thing I can say about REPO! is that some of the songs are sung well, but in terms of lyrics and storyline, well, you can forget it. We get a bunch of unpleasant characters going around offing each other in various cheesily gory ways while they sing about it. The whole thing is shot in the dark on a cheap budget so it doesn't look too great.
Cast-wise, it's a mixed bag. There are veteran actors like Paul Sorvino and Anthony Head who are really game and who you can't help but enjoy. But the lead actress, Alexa Vega, is acceptable at best and doesn't really have much in the way of presence despite being on screen for almost all of the running time. Bill Moseley's here too, but I had enough of his hammy schtick before long. Why they cast Paris Hilton I don't know, because a singer she isn't. Still, we do get a prominent supporting role for Sarah Brightman, and she sings everybody else off the screen. The film suffers big time whenever she's not around; a pity that she's mired in such a messy, juvenile production.
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