For March 30th- Repo! The Genetic Opera

When I first saw this movie, my last thought would have been that it was a gothic musical.

Well, it is.

Movie musicals have always had a harder time having any success without sacrificing what makes them unique, if there was ever something in the first place. Most of the new and popular flicks that would be considered in this genre are utterly bland when compared to their counterparts. Unfortunately, the flip side to this coin is that the “unique” ideas contained within may not be very good at all, or at least not very appealing to the average moviegoer.

Story/Writing: 1.5/2

A fairly good idea that is well executed.  The songs are catchy, and a surprising amount of the dialogue is transmitted by singing.  It was interesting to me that if you listen to some of the characters’ spoken words, they actually speak in beat with the music instead of singing.

Acting: 1/2

A little back and forth, depending on the actor.  Anthony Head and Paul Sorvino were both good in their parts, the tragic villain and tragic hero, respectfully.  But of course, the casting directors of the movie made the mistake that has brought down several other small films, they cast Paris Hilton.

Photography/Set: 1/2

The sets look pretty cool and nicely dystopian, with the interiors being very well detailed.  It is therefore too bad that that are all badly out of focus.  Perhaps it was a lower Netflix quality, but I think that the video was purposefully blurred in an attempt to give it a “graphic novel” feel.  It didn’t really work.

Sound/FX: 2/2

The blood effects were amazing.  I’m typically not a fan of gory movies, but the presentation in this instance was great.  The soundtrack was pretty catchy as well for a smaller production.  I definitely wouldn’t mind getting to see  stage version of this show.

Misc: 1.5/2

A well assembled movie musical about disassembling people.


Good if you’re a fan of niche musicals.  Also fun if you’re a horror movie fan looking for something new.


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