Written by: Michael Den Boer on January 13th, 2011
Theatrical Release Date: USA, 2009
Director: Alex Cox
Writer: Alex Cox
Cast: Jaclyn Jonet, Miguel Sandoval, Del Zamora, Alex Feldman, Chloe Webb, Xander Berkeley, Rosanna Arquette, Robert Beltran, Karen Black, Zahn McClarnon, Jenna Zablocki, Danny Arroyo, Jennifer Balgobin, Zander Schloss, Angela Sarafyan
DVD released: February 8th, 2011
Approximate running time: 93 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 English
Subtitles: English, Spanish
DVD Release: Industrial Entertainment
Region Coding: Region 1 NTSC
Retail Price: $24.95
Synopsis: When an heiress is disinherited by her father. She is forced to get a job if she ever wants to regain her inheritance. A chance encounter lands her a job as a repo person. She quickly rises to the top of her profession. Now employed, she approaches her family about her inheritance. Her father reveals that he gave her inheritance away to charity. Not wanting to spend the rest of her life as part of the working class. She sets out to reposes an elusive train that has a million dollar bounty.
Repo Chick is Alex Cox’s loose remake / sequel to his 1984 cult classic Repo Man. Content wise even though there are many similarities between the two films. Most notably their subversive humor. The main difference lays in their overriding themes. With Repo Man being about alienation, while Repo Chick being a film that is rooted in anti-capitalism.
Plot wise the film can almost be broken down into to half’s. The first half and arguably the stronger half lets the story evolve around its colorful cast of characters. Were the second half of the film feels to mechanical. The most fascinating aspect of Repo Chick is to see how Alex Cox has grown as a filmmaker. The film was almost entirely via green screen with digital cameras. Besides the abundance of green screen. The film relies heavily on models / miniatures vehicles and sets. And even though they call attention to themselves. As the film progresses they are not as intrusive. These shortcomings aside. Where this film excels the most is its superb cast many of whom have appeared other films also directed by Alex Cox. Performance wise the film is anchored by its leading lady Jaclyn Jonet in the role of Pixxie De La Chasse.
Over the last two decades Alex Cox has continued to work steadily as a filmmaker. With none of his films from the last twenty years coming close to matching the quality of his strongest films as a filmmaker Repo Man, Sid and Nancy and Walker. And while expecting him to achieve the quality he established with those aforementioned films may seem like a pipe dream. At least with Repo Chick he has made a film that shows sign of a filmmaker, who could eclipse his previous successes if given the proper resources.
The DVD-R sent for this review has a ‘very distracting’ water mark and it is most definitely not representative of the final product. So commenting on the audio / video presentation would be pointless. The extras that were not on this release and are supposed to be on the final release DVD for this film are as follows, trailer, director’s commentary and interviews.