Sound Off: Neill Blomkamp's New Sci-Fi 'Chappie' - Your Thoughts?
by Alex Billington
March 6, 2015
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? "I'm consciousness. I'm alive. I'm Chappie." It's time for more sci-fi. Director Neill Blomkamp (of District 9, Elysium) returns with his third feature, Chappie, set in a near-future South Africa about a robot given life through artificial intelligence. Sharlto Copley stars as Chappie the robot (in motion capture) with Dev Patel, Ninja & Yo-Landi Visser (of Die Antwoord), Hugh Jackman, Sigourney Weaver and Jose Pablo Cantillo. So how is Blomkamp's new robot movie - any good? Better than Elysium, same as District 9? How are the human characters compared to Chappie? If you've seen it, leave a comment below with your own thoughts on Neill Blomkamp's new sci-fi Chappie.
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To fuel the fire, I really like this movie and I seem to be going against the stream saying that. I won't say it's better than District 9, not much is. But I really think Chappie is another strong step forward for Blomkamp, and plays with some big ideas that all come together for a crazy fun, goofy, but entertaining sci-fi action movie. Copley's performance as Chappie is brilliant, I really love it, he brings to life what is essentially a sentient robot character, and it's kind of adorable to witness. This is where Blomkamp succeeds the most: in executing on a concept of a world with these robot characters with one of them the black sheep. He might be a bit too literal with that reference, but I had fun with it because I think more than anything it's a fun movie.
Besides Chappie being my favorite character, I had no problems with Dev Patel as Deon, he was fine as the "Maker"
half portion of the Chappie relationship. The complexities of that parental setup - between Ninja & Yo-Landi's Daddy & Mommy as well as Deon as his Maker - needed to be fleshed out more, but I understood what was going on. Yes, I know how rough Ninja & Yo-Landi are in a few scenes. The He-Man moment is a great example of Blomkamp pushing this be something really special. Plus I'm glad he goes as far with the storyline as he does. Hugh Jackman needs to be mentioned because I dig that mullet and his character, even though he's fairly stereotypical, he seems to have fun with it. More thoughts in my full Chappie review.
What did you think of Neill Blomkamp's Chappie? His best yet or the worst sci-fi you've seen?
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