Chappie Movie Review

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Recommended Audience: Fans of Neill Blomkamp, Sharlto Copley, Dev Patel, Ninja, Yo-Landi Vi$$er, Jose Pablo Cantillo, Sigourney Weaver, Hugh Jackman, sci-fi and action movie fans


Chappie Movie Synopsis

Chappie-Dog-Movie-2015-WallpaperCHAPPiE – an experimental robot built and designed to learn and feel. 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 anyone 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.

Chappie Viewer Rating: 3/5 ***

Chappie Movie Review:

chappie-0I had mixed feelings about this film. I find this whole A.I. idea interesting and adorable, it’s like have a life size digimon or even those pet games when you breed the pet from young, CHAPPiE is a baby which can learn super fast. But there’s just so many things that didn’t go right, or should I say it didn’t go the way I thought it would.

beingcoolWhile I like the interaction between Yo-Landi and CHAPPie, it felt like the robot had brought out the “motherly” character in her, the whole Ninja-and-Yo-Landi relationship felt odd. There will be times Yo-Landi seems like the boss and the “head”, yet she could do nothing when Ninja wanted to bring CHAPPiE away.

Also, why did Ninja suddenly turn so sacrificial at the end and get CHAPPiE to drive injured Deon away and dealt with the Moose himself when he knew it was suicidal and he didn’t stand a chance against the crazy machine? Erm, we are talking about a crazy gangster who wanted to get the robot for a heist and wanted Deon dead from the start!

chappie-trailer1Hugh Jackman’s performance was perhaps the most shocking part of the film. His character was a little underdeveloped, or perhaps too many scenes were cut to make much sense, but his scenes controlling the Moose was perhaps one of the better parts where the character revealed his true sadistic colours.

chappieThis is the first time watching Dev Patel’s films, and I had to say, while he did not have the “nerd” look, he managed to pull of the Artificial-Intelligence-addict-role pretty well. The use of rubber duck and story book was odd, but it was still funny.

chappie1However, there were some parts which didn’t really make sense. [Spoiler Alert!] Such as how Deon (Dev Patel) was able to get the master key without anyone knowing. In fact, the security for the “important thumb-drive” doesn’t even seems safe! There were two more scenes at the end that doesn’t make sense, which involve Chappie and Yo-Landi’s robots. See if you can spot them!

P.S. Check out the Behind The Scenes video to see how Chappie was filmed!

Do You Know?

chappie2 D9Die Antwoord, the South African rap-rave group, are both fans of Neill Blomkamp’s work. Ninja has a District 9 (2009) tattoo on his inner lip.

Briareos from Masamune Shirow manga AppleseedThe scouts’ rabbit ear antennae are inspired by the character Briareos from Masamune Shirow’s manga Appleseed, of which Neill Blomkamp is a fan.

SCopley_02Cast members Sharlto Copley, Brandon Auret, and Jose Pablo Cantillo are all friends and frequent collaborators with Neill Blomkamp. They have previously appeared in movies he directed. Sharlto Copley is known for his roles in District 9, Oldboy, Elysium and Maleficent.

Chappie-movie-poster-5This is Hugh Jackman’s first time playing a villain. However, he had filmed movie dealing with robots such as “Real Steel” (about boxing robots) and in “X-Men: Days of Future Past” where the heroic X-Men fought giant evil robots called Sentinels.

Behind The Scenes and Interviews

Check out ChappieOfficial Website and Facebook Page!
Chappie is out in cinemas on 5 March 2015.

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17 thoughts on “Chappie Movie Review”

  1. Chappie storyline seems pretty thin and predictable, doesn’t quite interest me to catch the show.. But I like Dev Patel in Slumdog Millionaire previously!

  2. Chappie is so cute!!! And the scene he bullied by the gangster, i cried. Well, Hugh Jackman is really really a bad guy! A very great job he did.

  3. I am not normally into fiction movies but Dev Patel is my favorite actor since i saw him in Slumdog Milliionaire and that is the reason I would definitely watch this movie.

  4. Fantastic review – did see a trailer for this a couple of weeks ago. Big fan of Hugh Jackman but Ai films aren’t something that majorly excite me xx

  5. It’s always a struggle when yu co up with futuristic films especially with robots having emotions. It makes you thibk on a future with that technology plus the special effects should carry the film.

  6. We rated it the same. I really do not like the Ninja and Yolandi thing here, bad decision to cast them in such important roles. Dev Patel has gone a long way from Slumdog Millionaire.

  7. This is the nth time I’ve heard about this. My friends have been talking about this movie, and yeah, I might be the last person to watch this.haha this is enough prodding, and perhaps this should convince me to watch it finally. Yeah, maybe on the weekend. 😀

  8. This doesn’t look like a movie I’d like to see even though I love Dev Patel’s work. The plot seems thin and the storyline predictable.

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