Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Repo: The Genetic Opera (Movie Review)

I’m not the biggest fan of musicals, but I enjoyed them every now and then. I think the last movie I actually enjoyed was Chicago. I watched this one for two reasons, the biggest being Anthony Stewart Head. He was by far the most talented actor on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and I really enjoyed his performance in the musical episode, "Once More with Feeling." The other reason I wanted to see it was morbid curiosity. It was a musical set in the "not too distant" future and dealt with human organ repossessions. Oh, and hotel royalty and train wreck Paris Hilton was in it.

Taken as two separate entities, the music and the movie, it’s not all that bad. It’s when both are combined that this thing turns into a monstrous travesty.

I think this could be redone as a fairly decent horror flick, especially in the "torture porn" genre that seems to be so successful today (see the Saw movies, Hostel, etc.). I like the concept. Take away the gaudy theatrics and tone down some of the characters (mostly the Roddy children) and you might have a pretty good movie.

The music was okay. But out of all of the actors, I only enjoyed the vocal styling of very few of them. Anthony Stewart Head has a great voice. I also liked the guy who played the drug dealer. I thought Paul Sorvino was pretty bad, and not in some ‘80s/’90s throwback kind of way where bad actually means good. His singing is just bad. I also hate musicals where EVERYTHING is sung. I think it takes away some of the novelty.

Ah, the things I watch to keep up with the careers of Buffy alums.

If you’re thinking of watching this movie for any other reason than morbid curiosity, then you might just be a little odder than I am. It’s a really, really bad movie. A few good bits of acting can’t wipe away the stick of the rest of this pile of doo-doo.

Listening to: Hollywood Undead - Bottle And A Gun
via FoxyTunes

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