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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Movie Review: Elysium

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Elysium

Elysium (I) (2013)

109 min  -  Action | Drama | Sci-Fi  -  9 August 2013 (USA)

Ratings: 6.7/10 from 197,026 users   Metascore: 61/100
Reviews: 693 user | 435 critic | 47 from Metacritic.com

In the year 2154, the very wealthy live on a man-made space station while the rest of the population resides on a ruined Earth. A man takes on a mission that could bring equality to the polarized worlds.

Director:

Neill Blomkamp

Writer:

Neill Blomkamp

Stars:

Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Sharlto Copley | See full cast and crew »

Initial Thoughts:

Like lots of people I saw “District 9” and while he’s done some crappy movies (but really what actor hasn’t?) I do like Matt Damon, so this was free on Fiber OP and I gave it a watch.

Main Points:

I loved “District 9” but this movie pales in comparison. While this movie has some good social commentary (the super-rich not only have everything people on earth don’t, they also don’t even live on the planet and the fact that at least some of them would rather kill regular earth people than even let them visit) I found that the story goes downhill.

The special effects were excellent (and sometimes gory) and there were some good action scenes but glaring plot holes (like how this Elysium place can literally cure any aliment, has an army of robots but yet still has to secretly hire mercenaries to stop rouge ships from landing?). Also what is keeping the oxygen in and people inside? If ships can come and go as they please what is keeping space junk from slamming into the place?

Matt Damon does a decent job here and Jodie Foster (aside from having a very strange accent) is okay. My biggest issue is that after a while the movie just because a silly (predictable) action movie with dragged-out fight sequences and unneeded gore.

Final Thoughts:

I can only give this movie a 6/10, it does make you think but not for long. Action and special effects can’t carry a movie (though Damon does also help). I will give this small recommendation but only you didn’t find something better on Netflix. Also this is certainly not for kids. Not sure what my next post will be, I know you can barely contain your excitement Winking smile