De-Liverance

Repossession is nine-tenths of the law in fiendish rock opera

By the mid-21st century, repossession of organs right out of deadbeat transplant recipients will be legal. That’s the gruesome premise behind the 2008 film Repo! The Genetic Opera, which returns to Chandler Cinemas (where it played in December) as part of the Repo! Road Tour 3.

Darren Lynn Bousman from the Saw franchise directed the Goth/sci-fi rock opera, adapted by Darren Smith and Terrance Zdunich from their L.A.-based stage show. Lyrically and satirically, it may be a smidge heavy-handed, but as moviemaking, it’s both nightmarish and seductive – a gory yet often ravishing blend of Sweeney Todd, Blade Runner, and a Marilyn Manson video. It has an improbably eclectic cast, too, ranging from Paul Sorvino to Sarah Brightman to Paris Hilton.


Fri., Jan. 23, 9 p.m. & midnight, 2009
 
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