Repo! The Genetic Opera | Chicago Reader

Repo! The Genetic Opera

Rated R 98 minutes 2008

A goth successor to The Rocky Horror Picture Show, this gruesome 2008 rock opera takes place in a dystopian future when epidemic organ failure has led to the commercial rise of a giant biotech firm that sells fresh organs; if customers fall behind in their payments, the company dispatches knife-wielding repo men to reclaim the merchandise. Paul Sorvino, who trained as a tenor, belts it out as president of the corporation and patriarch of a twisted family of weirdos. Adapted from a stage show, this is audacious to say the least, though the project gradually succumbs to the grinding mediocrity of its musical score, an industrial variation on Jesus Christ Superstar but without the tunes. Director Darren Lynn Bousman, who knocked out the second, third, and fourth Saw movies, casts this in the same sort of blue-lit urban grime. With Sarah Brightman and Paris Hilton.

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Director: Darren Bousman

Writer: Darren Smith and Terrance Zdunich

Producer: Mark Burg, Daniel Heffner, Carl Mazzocone, Oren Koules, Darren Bousman, Jonathan McHugh, Peter Block, Jason Constantine, Sarah Greenberg and Tim Palen

Cast: Anthony Stewart Head, Alexa Vega, Paul Sorvino, Terrance Zdunich, Bill Moseley, Ogre, Paris Hilton and Sarah Brightman

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