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First there's the filming technique. It's done almost entirely on green screen, and then set against backgrounds mostly made of models, many of them literally model train sets. This all seemed naggingly familiar, then hit it hit me: the great Alex Cox had ripped off Thomas the Tank Engine! I guess this was supposed to be surreal and artsy, but it just looked cheap and stupid. Reportedly, he did this to stay below the $200k threshold of the Screen Actors Guild. The thing is, Repo Man was filmed for $160k and (even correcting for inflation) looks about 20 times more professional than this movie.
Although this isn't really a sequel, he puts in a number of the people from the original, but this mostly reminds you that they haven't worked much since. There are also some fairly big name actors, like Patricia Arquette, Karen Black, Chloe Webb, and Miguel Sandoval, and they're completely wasted - with the arguable exception of Sandoval, who does a fairly decent job. It shot in 10 days, using what appears to be a rough draft of a concept for a script. It appears they also did it Ed Wood style, always using the first take.
The plot is a weird mix of heavy handed social commentary and a desperate attempt to capture the quirky magic of Repo man, and it fails at both. Because it's trying so hard, it also fall short in the "so bad it's good" category.
Finally, the music, or lack of it.Read more ›
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.
I edge towards thinking that this was deliberately bad. That someone was going through the motions or a score was being settled or an artist was showing contempt for money-people and/or fans. Or else its to raise money for something else.
The budget was low, but not that low. The talent of the cast wasn't tapped at all. Sometimes bad things can be interesting. But this is a chore to even sit through.
All the characters in the film are quirky. The background for the film utilizes plastic models, giving the production a surreal cartoon, other dimension effect. The film is laced with political and cultural satire. I loved the billboard "Re-elect Supreme Court Justice..."
Not a film for everyone. Great for indie lovers, especially those who are tired of people confusing vegetarian with vegan.
Parental Guide: F-bomb. No sex or nudity.
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.
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Alex Cox is as political as ever, but as with 3 Businessman, he poured a lot of soul into Repo Chick. Read morePublished on March 10, 2014 by Richard S. Wilson
This is a scale model (really!) of and not a sequel to "Repo Man." Leave it to
Alex Cox to take us on a journey to some parallel universe. Read more
Geez, 12 minutes into this film and I was about to run to the bathroom to throw up twice. Only someone as ignorant as the people that are in this film, would see something... Read morePublished on May 15, 2012 by Rykre
This is just a fun, strange, different yet weirdly familiar little film.
I know there will be fanboys/girls who howl that this is not a Repo Man sequel. Read more