Summary of the "Repo! the Genetic Opera"

by Shawn Lealos
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The cast of "Repo: The Genetic Opera" includes Anthony Stewart Head, Paris Hilton and Bill Moseley.

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"Repo: The Genetic Opera" is a musical fantasy movie that takes place in a dystopian future where selling organs is legal. The company that sells the organs also hires repo men to reclaim an organ if the recipient goes into default on payments. While the plot sounds much like that of the 2010 feature film "Repo Men," the genesis of "Repo: The Genetic Opera" began as a stage show in the '90s.


"Repo: The Genetic Opera" began as a one-act show written by Terrance Zdunich and Darren Smith, performed in rock clubs. The two musicians worked on the project as a short musical performance. It soon grew into a feature-length screenplay. One individual they worked with on the stage show, Darren Bousman, went on to direct "Saw II," which gave them the leverage to turn "Repo!" into a feature film.

The Cast

The cast gathered was an impressive one for a smaller movie. Alexa Vega, best known for her role in the "Spy Kids" movies, starred as Shilo. Anthony Stewart Head, of "Buffy the Vampire" fame, took on the role of her father, Nathan, the Repo Man. Other actors include creator Terrance Zdunich as the Graverobber, Paul Sorvino as Rotti, who owns the biotech company, and Paris Hilton and Bill Moseley as Rotti's children.

The Plot

The movie is bookended by the appearances by the Graverobber, explaining that it is he who sees everything that happens in the city. He begins to tell the story of the Repo Man. The Repo Man works for a biotech company, killing those who lapse on their payments and returning the organs to the company. His daughter, Shilo, mourns the death of her mother and remains ill, never allowed to leave home. When she learns that the biotech company might be able to save her, she sets out to learn the truth about herself

The Twist (Spoilers)

The resolution occurs when Rotti reveals that the Repo Man has been drugging his daughter in order to keep her homebound. Meanwhile, Rotti's children all maneuver to take over the role as head of the company when their father dies. The story is Shakespearean, as the sins of the father doom the children. When the movie ends, Shilo leaves home to live her life, while Rotti's daughter takes control of her father's empire.

About the Author

Shawn Lealos has been writing professionally since 1996. His articles have appeared in magazines such as Inside Sports and on websites such as He works as a film critic and is a member of the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle. Lealos received a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from the Gaylord School of Journalism at the University of Oklahoma in 2000.

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