Saturday, January 24, 2009

A movie in an actual theatre

Saturday is movie day for us, as you know. Tonight we actually went out to watch a movie. Yep, we left the house and watched a late-night movie in an actual movie theatre. I know it's hard to believe, but we used to see almost all of our movies in the theatres - it's only lately that we've watched so many at home.

The movie we saw was Repo! The Genetic Opera. It was AWESOME! We both loved it! It's a musical (an opera, really, because there's almost no spoken dialogue) set in a post-apocalyptic world where many people had died due to some disease or other. A biotech company found a cure for that and managed to set up a culture of elective surgery and transplants; those who couldn't make their payments for the surgery had the organs repossessed by the repo-man.

The backstory was revealed slowly throughout the movie, providing information and connections to the previous story, and each reveal managed to surprise us. Interestingly, some of the story was told via comic-strips and the rest of the movie looked sort of like a comic book. The movie tended to be shot with high-contrast and slightly blurry edges, giving a kind of other-worldliness to the sets. The costuming, makeup, and sets also lend a goth sort of look to the movie. Some of the main characters wouldn't have looked out of place in a vampire movie :)

The singing was pretty good throughout the movie, as was the acting. It is supposed to be a bit over-the-top, of course, and parts of it are definitely way over any top. That's part of what makes this movie so good.

We highly recommend this movie; we liked it very much and felt that it had more depth to it than most movies like this. As well, it was shot entirely in Canada :) However, since the movie centres around surgery, there's quite a bit of gore and blood throughout, and given that much of the movie is about organ repossession, some parts are very, very gory. There is quite a bit of sexuality (mostly in the form of scantily-dressed women dancing with men or each other) as well. Therefore, this movie isn't for everyone. This fact doesn't diminish the movie's awesomeness, though :)

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