[MA-SOC] "Plot tropes come in a little glass vial...."

Alain-Christian mynamebackwards at gmail.com
Sun Mar 21 16:05:18 EDT 2010


"Darren Bousman Responds To REPO MEN Rip Off"
http://www.horror-movies.ca/horror_17257.html



On Sun, Mar 21, 2010 at 2:58 PM, Serdar Yegulalp <serdar at genjipress.com>wrote:

> You know, I was wondering when someone would draw these parallels -- I was
> half-expecting my f-list on LJ (which has a lot of "Repo!" fans) to go
> bananas with rage when this movie came out.
>
> The only possible excuse I can see for this is that "Men" was in
> development before "Repo!" ever came out, and when "Repo!" did come out the
> "Men" folks decided to postpone production for a bit and see if what they
> were doing was too similar or not. But I'd bet there will be legal action
> and some kind of settlement, as per the way White Wolf sued Sony Pictures --
> although this seems a lot less like using tropes that have been floating
> around for a long time....
>
>
> On 3/19/2010 4:17 PM, Jill Sophia wrote:
>
>> A couple of days ago I saw an ad on TV for a new film called REPO MEN
>> starring Jude Law and Forest Whitaker, and I had an eerie sense of
>> déja-vu.
>>
>> The premise of REPO MEN, you see, is that in a future society artificial
>> organs will be readily available for transplant.  That's the good news.
>>  The
>> bad news is that if you can't pay for your recent transplant, hired guns
>> will come after you to repossess the organ -- hence the film title.
>>
>> Now, where have many of us heard and seen this plot premise before?
>>  (Hint:
>> "Zydrate comes in a little glass vial....")
>>
>> As a fan of the TV Tropes website, I understand that just about EVERY film
>> /
>> book / anime / manga contains themes that have been around for years or
>> decades or even centuries.  But as far as I know, REPO MEN is only the
>> second film that has used this particular theme (repossession of
>> transplanted organs from living recipients who can't pay the bill) -- and
>> the cinematic rehash of this theme comes only a couple of years after the
>> trope was introduced (REPO! THE GENETIC OPERA was released in 2008).
>>
>> Of course, the two-year interval is rather long compared to a few other
>> instances of this sort (i.e., two films with strikingly similar themes
>> coming out around the same time).  There was ANTZ and A BUG'S LIFE; DEEP
>> IMPACT and ARMAGEDDON: and more recently, THE ILLUSIONIST and THE
>> PRESTIGE.
>> So the rehash of a recently-used theme doesn't necessarily detract from
>> the
>> quality of a film.
>>
>> REPO! THE GENETIC OPERA was a cult film which did not receive widespread
>> publicity.  A campy goth musical with extremely graphic gore,
>> dismemberment,
>> mayhem and mutilation, it resembled an over-the-top hybrid of THE ROCKY
>> HORROR PICTURE SHOW and France's notorious "Théâtre du Grand-Guignol".
>>  RTGO
>> had plenty of gratuitous shock, schlock, and silliness -- bordering on "so
>> awful it's good" territory -- but it was also clever, exciting,
>> entertaining, wonderfully bizarre, and never, ever boring.  Besides, how
>> can
>> you go wrong with a film whose cast ranges from the incomparable (veteran
>> actor/singer Paul Sorvino, operatic soprano Sarah Brightman) to the
>> incomprehensible (Paris Hilton)?   Golden Turkey or not, I enjoyed REPO!
>> THE
>> GENETIC OPERA thoroughly.
>>
>> So it remains to be seen how REPO MEN will compare to its plot-trope
>> predecessor.  Of course, REPO MEN isn't a musical; and while it's hard to
>> judge from the trailers, it's probably handled more as straight s.f. than
>> as
>> camp.  I'll probably see it -- most likely as a rental -- because I've
>> admired Forest Whitaker ever since GHOST DOG, and because it will be
>> interesting to see a radically different cinematic interpretation of this
>> relatively new plot trope.
>>
>> But I have a feeling that somewhere in the middle of watching REPO MEN,
>> I'll
>> be thinking, "Where's the music?"  ^_^
>>
>> Just one MA'er's thoughts,
>> ~ J ~
>>
>>
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