Sunday, May 3, 2009

Repo! The Genetic Opera (2008)

This film is what I imagine going to an Evanescence concert is like: whiny girl rock, emo kids, and guys in makeup. Of course, I jest, but the truth is this film is entirely original from start to finish and unlike anything else in the genre. The production values are unmatched, with amazing design, great acting and directing, and a nightmarish post-apocalyptic setting. I did not take to the operatic format readily, but it perfectly suits the film and gives it a larger than life feel. Each of the characters have their own distinct personalities, none of which feel bland or generic. As much as I hate to admit it, the songs are catchy as well, so beware. On the subjective side, I've seen the film twice now, and in spite of its many strengths, I just dont particularly like it much. The film has excellent pacing, but every minute felt like three. I enjoyed it more the second watch through, and it is starting to stick in my mind much like Napoleon Dynamite, so I have the feeling I will be revisiting it more and more often, and it was grow on me. An evil corporation sends out collectors to repossess synthetic organs if the recipients dont pay the bills, but as the owners own health begins to fail, he looks for a worthy successor in his arch-nemesis' daughter to take over his empire.

Rating: 9/10.

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  1. I've been meaning to see this one. Now I definitely will.

  2. I have a feeling the film is going to grow in popularity dramatically in the next year based on Bousman's dedication to promoting it himself, and the word of mouth that is going to be spread on the boards

  3. Yeah I've heard a lot about it.

    Also, I made you a present. ♥

  4. Most awesome! Thats definitely going right up on the site, thanks Kim!

  5. You're welcome. I'm glad you like it.

  6. Thanks for posting a review for this one that's not 100% positive. I was beginning to think I was the only one...I did like it, but not enough to call it a masterpiece


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