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REPO! THE GENETIC OPERA: DVD

SYNOPSIS:
In 2056 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 . . . all of her questions will be answered at the wildly anticipated spectacular event: The Genetic Opera.

Review by Padraic Maroney:
A rock opera surrounding the harvesting and repossession of body parts sounds like something from a bad B movie. Add in that the film is directed by Darren Lynn Bousman, the man behind three of the "Saw" franchise (2 - 4) and Repo! The Genetic Opera should have been heading straight to the bargain bin at Target.

Yet with its high camp factor, the film turns out to be fun. Think of Repo! as a 21st Century Rocky Horror Picture Show. Not everyone is going to understand the film, but for those who do it's a fun ride. It boasts an eclectic all-star cast that includes Paris Hilton Alexa Vega (Spy Kids), Paul Sorvino (Goodfellas), and singer Sarah Brightman making her feature film debut. It's an interesting idea and creatively executed by Bousman. The biggest problem and one that hinders the film, is that not all the cast can sing well enough for a musical.

Sure to be a cult classic, Repo! is one to check out. This is a rock opera for the Hot Topic set.

Published June 24, 2009



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CRITICAL COUNT
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Unfavourable: 0
Mixed: 0

REPO! THE GENETIC OPERA: DVD (MA)
(US, 2008)

CAST: Alexa Vega, Paul Sorvino, Anthony Head, Sarah Brightman, Paris Hilton, Bill Moseley, Nivek Ogre, Terrance Zdunich, Sarah Power

PRODUCER: Mark Burg, Daniel J. Heffner, Oren Koules, Carl Mazzocone

DIRECTOR: Darren Lynn Bousman

SCRIPT: Darren Smith, Terrance Zdunich (from their play)

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Joseph White

EDITOR: Harvey Rosenstock

MUSIC: Darren Smith, Terrance Zdunich

PRODUCTION DESIGN: David Hackl

RUNNING TIME: 98 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Hoyts

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: February 5, 2009 (Perth only)

PRESENTATION: 16 : 9 widescreen

SPECIAL FEATURES: None

DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

DVD RELEASE: June 17, 2009







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