Reviewed by: Zombie Boy
What's it about
A rich bitch twentysomething is forced out of the nest by her fed-up family, and finds herself embroiled in a terrorist plot on a runaway train in this cartoonishly fun movie.
Is it good movie?
Pixxi is Paris Hilton on the surface, with her wealth-born sense of entitlement and wayward ways, but when she is disinherited by her chagrined family and ordered to get a real job if she wants back in, she finds her true calling as a repossession officer. Which comes in handy in the alternate reality she lives in where the Cold War and the mortgage crisis of the mid-2000ís merged to create a vaguely dystopian future where the banks own everything, and can repossess literally anything they want, whenever they want. Pixxi wields a pistol whilst quoting the Dalai Lama, and makes repo-ing look easy.
Once Pixxi learns that her inheritance has been given to charity, thus making the repo gig her only income, she decides to go for the Holy repo Grail, which happens to be a set of mysterious train cars worth one million dollars. After ditching her eccentric group of toadies, she finds the train and weasels her way onto it, along with her fake Eurotrash rapper boyfriend and a bevy of public figures, only to find herself kidnapped into a bizarre plot to make golf illegal and force the government into veganism.
I was a little concerned just from the case for this movie, which pumped Alex Cox as the director of Repo Man and Sid and Nancy. Those are righteous movies, but that was back in the day, and what with Repo in this title as well, it smacked of a director gone to seed trying to capitalize on his past successes. I am pleased to be wrong, because this movie is nothing short of delightful. Itís shot almost entirely against a green-screen, with the sets put in later, and most everything not involving a live actor is a miniature. Itís like a group of demented, socio-political-cognizant children playing with their Babrie and Ken dolls.
Sure, the movie starts to bog down and lose its thread in the middle act, but that is a small quibble for such a wonderfully bizarre film populated with great character actors essaying eccentric, nuanced characters. Newcomer Jaclyn Jonet, as Pixxi, even holds her own in one scene with Rosanna Arquette, so literally face to face I hope they both popped a mint before the RED digital camera rolled. There is pretty much no point in this film where there isnít an interesting image on screen; even when the plot starts to dissolve its still fun. No matter who you are or what youíre into, youíll find something to like in this film.
Video / Audio
Video: Gorgeous 1080p here, which really makes the Barbie playland vibe pop. Word is that Cox hated the RED camera, but goddamn if this film isnít visually beautiful.
Audio: There are two audio tracks: Dolby Stereo 2.0, and Dolby TrueHD 5.0, the latter of which sounds fabulous. There are optional English and Spanish subtitles.
Better Than Money: This is a 30-minute (or so) documentary on the making of Repo Chick, and it is more fast-paced and informative than any commentary. Lots of great tidbits about the production, and crammed full of on-set interviews with most of the cast and crew. The image is heavy with interlacing errors, I mean any time a person or the camera moves, but hey, itís a BTS doc, not the movie, so who cares?
It also has the filmís trailer which, frankly, isnít very good.
Shot in less than two weeks for under a quarter of a million dollars, Repo Chick stands as a testament to how good story and great characters trumps budget every time. Itís quirky, funny, visually gorgeous, and an all-around good time. It loses the plot towards the end, but never loses its entertainment value. Recommended.