Movie reviews now, huh? Well, why not?
I found this movie to be very gripping in the sense that I loved all of the emotions displayed so strongly by the characters. Luigi's rage, Nathan's pain from losing Marni and his love of his daughter Shiloh. Especially Shiloh's pain because she is "infected" and not allowed to escape her bedroom prison.
I also really loved all of the costumes and the music. the voices were haunting and really fit the parts and emotion that they needed to portray.
The repo man himself was haunting. Can you imagine the terror and despair one must have felt upon seeing him ANYWHERE near by? What if he had come to collect your organs? No pain killer, nothing but the pain.
When Blind Mag dies in the end, I was shocked. Even though I knew it was going to happen, I had not been expecting her to pull out her own eyes, nor was I expecting Rotti to slice the rope that held her, causing her to fall to her death and be impaled on the fence.
The idea of the entire thing being an opera symbolizes to me that life is a show, there is what we put out on stage (the death of Nathan and Blind Mag, also the humiliation of Nathan as Rotti tells Shiloh that he had been poisoning her to keep her sick and that her mother's death had indeed been her father's fault) and there is what we hide from the world, what we don't want to be seen (Rotti does not announce that his illness is terminal until a few short minutes before he dies, on stage.)
Even though there is much good to say here, I will also have to admit the negative aspects. I truly didn't understand the necessity of some (OK, most) of the gore. Why did we need to see the repo man's hand inside the bodies tearing out the organs? Why did Shiloh have to wake up on stage after Blind Mags death in a huge sea of blood (which, by the way, where did that ALL come from???)
There were also some things that I couldn't understand. What did Rotti mean when he talks about how Marni forged his hand? She signed something for him, but what??? And why did Nathan tell Blind Mag that Shiloh had died? Hadn't he known all along that Marni had wanted her to be present in Shiloh's life? Was this just a way to keep Shiloh safe from GeneCo?
I give Repo! The Genetic Opera 3.5 out of 5 stars.