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Spoiled rich girl Pixxi De La Chasse has been disinherited by her family due to her numerous arrests for bad driving, her failure to get a job and her overall lack of some semblance of a responsible life. When her car gets repossessed, Pixxi ends up getting hired by repo men Arizona Gray and Aquas, and she soon becomes the best repo chick around with the help of her entourage - punk girl confidante, model-looks bodyguard and flaming hair stylist. While on the hunt for some antique railroad cars which carry a million-dollar bounty reward (also being sought by a secret government agency!) clueless Pixxi ends up on a wacky train ride which is actually a plot by a terrorist organization. If their demands for the criminalization of golf are not met, then the train (whose caboose is carrying long-missing growler bombs from the Soviet Communist era!) is headed straight for downtown Los Angeles. It's up to Pixxi De La Chasse to save LA! Bonus Features include: Movie Trailer & Featurette.
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For me the 1984 film Repo Man is like a live action underground comic, or graphic novel. Repo Chick is much more so, in a brilliant artistic way.
Extensive use of green screen makes for much more visual innovation and the results are obvious. Toys, models, CGI, all these elements are available creative tools and are well assembled here.
All the characters in Repo Chick are unique as in Repo Man but are not as well defined or developed but I found the Giggli character an exception. Her disillusionment is so felt I actually empathized with her.
Music is an essential part of both films which is of course Punk or Alternative but Repo Chick's soundtrack is more subtle, or techno, or corporate?
It is interesting to see a few actors from the 1984 film in this one. Alex Cox has a great cameo as the demented (competitive?) Professor! A blatant homage to Dr. Strangelove.
I think both films are brilliantly brutal satires for the economic recessions of the 1980s and 2000s. The cluelessness of the characters and the absurdity of Political Correctness and Social Class are defining elements for both. Cox is an observant genius.
There are a number of scenes that tie both films together, it's obvious to me anyway and it is interesting to see how much technology has changed the Repo Genre. No desperate calls from phonebooths anymore and no privacy either thanks to GPS.
I think Repo Chick is a nihilist masterpiece in the tradition of Repo Man.
Underrated and it may remain so for some time, at least until enough people can find the attention span to take it in.
* BUY THE BLURAY VERSION!
The DVD doesn't upscale worth a flip, especially on a 4K TV.
Unfortunately I was very disappointed.
There's just not much to this movie. Filmed quickly, the script seemed to lack much in the way of mood, meaning or point. The dialogue often seems pointless and it was difficult for me to really see what it was aimed at commenting on. (Ok, there's economic problems, see, and a growing gap between the rich and poor, but, and I think this is where the film diverged a bit from Repo Man, nobody really seemed to be attached to the problem in a spiritual sense. Their actions may have resulted from the situation but their personalities did not seem to have been created in response to the setting.)
All in all, a great disappointment that was 25 years in the making. I wish it had been better.
This move is an odd work of art and I don't mean that in a good way.
It was mostly shot in front of green screens with the backgrounds added after. The characters are weird and almost cartoonish and nothing is taken very seriously in this art movie, quiet the opposite of Repo Man. After you watch the movie you may grasp some concept of what the background setting is, as a character did at the end, but you are really only left confused and wondering why.
A few of the actors in Repo Man appear in the movie, but all that does is give it something in common with Plan 9 From Outer Space. Although it was comforting to hear Olivia Barash's (Leila) raspy voice in a cameo towards the end.
So unless your are some weird fan of Alex Cox creations, I would not buy this thing. There's a reason it never made it into the theaters.
Alex Cox to take us on a journey to some parallel universe. Not sure what just happened on the TV screen but it was just as campy as the punk culture captured in the first film. Need to watch it twice.