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Chappie (2015) - Movie Review


Chappie is the third film directed by Neill Blomkamp, the guy who directed the awesome District 9. And while I enjoyed his second film, Elysium, it was no where near as good as D9. And after watching this, I guess I'll have to wait for his next film in hopes of getting something equally good as D9.

Now, Chappie is set in a not so distant futuristic Johannesburg where police force is dominated by Robots and one of them gets a new programming which makes it a fully fledged A.I

Sharlto Copley did a great job voicing Chappie. Loved him. Hugh Jackman played the main antagonist, and while he was good in it, his character just wasn't fleshed out more. He ended up being cliche typical villain. Sigourney Weaver was totally wasted in the movie. Her role was very limited and could have been played by anyone. Dev Patel was Ok. Those Gangsters were NOT GOOD AT ALL. Sure they had their punk/hip style and all but as actors, MEH.

Chappie sets it self apart from most other A.I films in a way that the A.I is not directly connected to the internet when it is created or something like that. It doesn't get access to all the knowledge and stuff. So in a way, the A.I (Chappie) is like a new born baby and his development depends upon the people he reacts with and his surroundings. It was sort of a refreshing experience and I really liked it. Only the bummer was that he ended up with some punk ass gangsters. It just ruined a lot of possibilities. But it did provide with some really FUNNY scenes. I honestly laughed out loud at some points.

The action was pretty good. And the soundtrack was very varied and fitting, liked it a lot. CGI was mostly great.

There were some plot points that just felt too stupid or lame that suspension of disbelief just didn't cut it there.

But despite this movie's problems, it had heart, it made me care (For chappie) and ended up making me have a good time. If only some of the quirks weren't present and some plot points were different, this could have been a great film.

7.5/10

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