Movie Review: Chappie

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Chappie

Chappie (2015)

R  | 120 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller | 6 March 2015 (USA)

Ratings: 7.3/10 from 29,838 users   Metascore: 41/100

Reviews: 259 user | 266 critic | 39 from Metacritic.com

In the near future, crime is patrolled by a mechanized police force. When one police droid, Chappie, is stolen and given new programming, he becomes the first robot with the ability to think and feel for himself.

Director:

Neill Blomkamp

Writers:

Neill Blomkamp, Terri Tatchell

Stars:

Sharlto Copley, Dev Patel, Hugh Jackman | See full cast and crew »

Initial Thoughts:

I like Neil Blomkamp, I enjoyed District 9 and Elysium (though the latter was better), so when his new movie came out (and it got ok reviews) and the movie theater served beer, of course we went.

Main Thoughts:

The movie is certainly not the most original. I immediately started to think of RoboCop (though on a larger scale) and even District 9 (as it’s once again set in South Africa). I shouldn’t start off negative though, the action here is top notch are there are even some touching moments as Chappie (a robot with a full working AI) begins to mature.

It’s nice to see Sigourney Weaver in a movie and she’s fine here (though her role is very small). SurprisinglyYo-Landi Visser (who plays Yolandi) does a good job here as a mother figure to Chappie and it was nice to see Hugh Jackman take on a different role (he’s certainly not a nice guy here). The idea of a full working AI has been done a lot but it was nice here to see it in early stages, learning how to behave and make decisions on its own.

As with all of Neil’s movie this one too is a comment on society and the classes in society. While there are certainly bad people here, there are others that have redeeming qualities despite them breaking the law. There is good action scenes and a few funny parts but ultimately the story falls short and has a very cliche’ ending (which I won’t spoil).

Final Thoughts:

I give this a mild recommendation (though certainly not for anyone under 17) and a 7/10. As I said the ending is disappointing, it just seemed so obvious and sews everything up far too neatly. Even though it’s only 2 hours I felt it dragged a little at times. Neil has done better work and I hope his next film is more original but as you wait for Avengers, this is a pleasant enough distraction.

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