Absurd, disgusting, offensive, macarbre... I LOVE this!
I picked this movie up in the sale section of HMV - I'd never even heard of it before. I was blown away.
Quick summary: The world has gone to hell following an epidemic of organ failures. GeneCo: A company specialising in organ replacement and elective surgery, has risen to dominance, and pushed through a bill legalising organ repossession. The story follows GeneCo's founder and his search for a worthy heir (certainly none forthcoming among his children), their head Repo Man Nathan (a man with plentiful skeletons in his closet), and his daughter Shilo who is kept away from the world by a debilitating blood disease.
No matter what I write here, it will not give you an accurate impression of the sensory experience that Repo! is. One of the Co-Creators describes it in the special features as "Rocky Horror meets Blade Runner". Drop a couple of E's, watch the two simultaneously with the volume up full, and you're somewhere in the ballpark.
On a serious note, every part of this film is master-crafted. The sets, the costumes, the acting are all spectacular. And the MUSIC... rock, opera, punk, jazz and broadway are all used to maximum sensory and storytelling effect. Standout performances from Sarah Brightman, Anthony Stewart Head, Paul Sorvino and (no-one was more surprised than me) Paris Hilton, but there isn't a poor performance in the house. Despite the short run-time, the plot isn't rushed or oversimplified, and the ending plays out fantastically.
This is not a film everyone will love as passionately as I did, many will hate it. But if you like sci-fi, musicals, Tim Burton-esque macabre, and you want a jolt to the senses, you'll find it here. In a little glass vial (a little glass vial?) a little glass vial.