Main Plot Points:
- From the director of District 9 and Elysium comes Chappie, starring Sharlto Copley, Dev Patel, with Sigourney Weaver and Hugh Jackman. Every child comes into the world full of promise, and none more so than Chappie: he is gifted, special, a prodigy. Like any child, Chappie will come under the influence of his surroundings — some good, some bad — and he will rely on his heart and soul to find his way in the world and become his own man.
- But there’s one thing that makes Chappie different from any one else: he is a robot. The first robot with the ability to think and feel for himself. That’s a dangerous idea — and it’s a challenge that will pit Chappie against powerful, destructive forces that would ensure that he is the last of his kind.
What We Thought:
- Chappie was a bit of a disappointment considering I really liked Neill Blomkamp’s first two films.
- The ending of the movie is fantastic. It’s a lot of fun, pretty badass and has all kinds of stuff going on. I’m now excited to see what he can do with the Alien franchise.
- Unfortunately the first two thirds of the film did nothing for me. It seemed like it wanted to be a family type movie about a robot coming to life and very kid friendly. But at the same time there’s tons of violence and a whole bunch of F-bombs.
- That’s one of the reasons I didn’t like it, it seemed really ignorant. You have these characters that seemed very forced to act gangster and ghetto. They teach Chappie how to hold a gun sideways like a gangster and how to stab people while they all look ridiculous.
- That’s another thing I just couldn’t get over, their hair and outfits. I understand the woman and man “bad guys” aren’t real actors, but musicians, but that doesn’t mean how they look can’t bother me and take me out of the film. They just looked ridiculous to me.
- And the film is all over the place. It starts out and you think it might be like RoboCop, but then Dev Patel is forced by the bad guys to make this robot work for them. Plus Hugh Jackman is a bad guy in a way because he wants his brand of robots to be used. Then there’s bad guys coming after the bad guys all while this robot is going through his childhood. Just too much.
- There are some things to like in Chappie. Blomkamp yet again makes an absolutely amazing visual movie. He uses size and scope extremely well. The ending is really badass especially when Jackman’s robot comes into play. But I just didn’t love it overall. I’m still a huge fan of Blomkamp and I eagerly await his Aliens flick, but this really didn’t work for me.
Notable Cast & Crew:
- Dev Patel
- Hugh Jackman
- Sigourney Weaver
Recommended if You Like:
- RoboCop (Remake)
- Short Circuit
- Coming of Age Movies About Robots