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  • I don't know if I'd buy it, but it's definitely worth renting


    • by David Finniss

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      This movie was…interesting. Imagine a Tim Burton movie on crack, that’s what this is. When they say opera, they mean it as a vast majority of it is sung. This works for the most part, but a few of the early “songs” are basically just dialogue with a shoe-horned in rhythm. It doesn’t work. A few minutes in, the lines start to sound like songs so it flows a bit better.

      The opening gives us the backstory, a virus has infected people’s organs, making


      them a prized commodity. An entrepeneur named Rotti Largo offers organs for sale, as they are expensive he offers financing. If you can’t pay the bill, he sends a “repo” man to take back the asset.

      The main character is Shilo, a young girl with a blood disease. Her father is overprotective and has kept her locked up.

      The circumstances behind all the characters are explained in comic book panels. All of the characters have crossed paths before and they intersect again here as vendettas are ...


      • brought to the forefront.

        The plot really does resemble other operas, albeit a bit gorier.

        Credit goes to Anthony Stewart Head, I’ll probably always see him as Giles, but after seeing this, I won’t look at Giles the same way again. He actually plays the part rather well.

        Paul Sorvino also does a great job playing the ruthless villain. He presents himself as an almost Satanic figure; it’s fun to watch.

        You could say that this movie puts style over substance, and I can’t really argue that.

        I was captivated the whole time though. I don’t know if I’d buy it, but it’s definitely worth renting.

        With many moviegoers complaining that Hollywood doesn’t have any new ideas, it’s refreshing to see something like this, which is so different from the norm. It bombed and got generally bad reviews, but you have to give them points for at least trying.

        If you like musicals or operas you’ll probably be more inclined to check this out. It’s definitely worth renting and watching just once.




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