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Sound Off: Neill Blomkamp's New Sci-Fi 'Chappie' - Your Thoughts?

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March 6, 2015

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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.

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What did you think of Neill Blomkamp's Chappie? His best yet or the worst sci-fi you've seen?
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  • Matt Schmieding
    I'm right there with ya Alex, I dug the hell out of this film and think people are unfairly bashing it just b/c they wanna jump on the NB hate bandwagon. Thought the MoCap was phenomenal and loved Sharlto's progression of speech and personality which felt like a real character all the way through. Some of the far out sci fi concepts are intriguing and i actually laughed quite a bit at the Ninja character so for me this is a win and step up from Elysium for sure.
  • tyban81
    Loved it. My favorite of the year so far. I had to go back and watch Short Circuit again after watching it. Instant classic,
  • Julian Medrano
    This movie was amazing and so funny. I really loved all of Die Antwoords scenes and how zef and gangster they were. I just wonder how invested the band was in the movie or how much the director was to the band because there music is featured quite a bit. Blomkamps visuals are stunning and well put against the slums in the moive too. In all i really did enjoy it and probably see it again.
  • Everyone is going to rally against this film because it's basically exactly what you think it is, and doesn't have any shocks or surprises. It really is a matter of whether or not you like Die Antwoord (WHO I HAVE ADORED FOR YEARS). I think the movie is getting a massively unfair bad rap. It's far better than Elysium, is a lot more fun and has some of the best FX of the year.
  • kalie
    I just seen it and i really enjoyed it. I even cried a bit. Some people look at movies different and from What I can see I see it way different from the people talking crap about this movie. Yeah so it wasn't alot of action so what it's about the message it was giving.I felt bad for chappie.and for the "thugs" because all they wanted to do was live and they started to care about him. U can't tell me If you owed someone that much money u wouldn't do something crazy to Cuz If u say No your lien to yourself. Either way I liked it.and If u don't have something nice to say about it than stop ruining it for the people who Did.
  • Nielsen700
    It's not flawless, but unlike a lot of sci-fi this actually has a voice. Only Blomkamp could've made the film.
  • Bo
    Really, Alex? Ummmm....everything, everything!!...I've read and heard about this movie just slaughters it for being so bad that it's embarrassing. I see that some below really liked it and just can't understand why people are bashing it. Maybe because it's so horrible? It crashed and burned at the box office this week-end, so it looks to be a great big flop. What will prove interesting is if Fox goes ahead and lets Blomkamp actually make another Alien film. It's a huge risk for them as this new movie of his seems to really have missed the mark; as did his previous one. Not good! As for me I don't see what the big deal is with this director as I've not been able to like any of his movies...even the first one!
    • Al Apone
      Most film goers seemed to enjoy it,,,,
      • Bo
        I'm lhappy for them, I really am, but I think you may be incorrect in saying 'most film goers' as it flopped at the box office this week-end meaning that most film goers didn't go to see it! Righto?
        • SalsaBandit
          You think box office performance determines quality? HAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAH I guess Transformers is a masterpiece in your book HAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAH
          • Bo
            No, I don't think box office performance determines quality! Where do you see anywhere that I think that? I just stated a fact...this film did not perform at the box office like Guest thought with 'most film goers' seemed to enjoy it when most film goers didn't even go see it. Does that help your misperceptions? However, It also seems to be a pretty bad film, which has nothing to do with anything other than it happens to not be very good and is not doing well at the box office either. Iron Man movies, Spider Man movies, Avenger movies, all the comic book movies are all junk to me and they are box office kings. As you stated about Transformers...it doesn't make them masterpieces. Sorry to burst your HAHAHA silliness by pointing out you're are very mistaken to think I think box office has anything to do with the quality of a film. Just goes to show you, Salsa...ya got no idea what anyone thinks...how could you? And why should you care? You might read a little more carefully what someone writes before you jump to conclusions by HAHA'ing your butt off because of your distorted perceptions. Righto?
    • It wasn't great but it also wasn't horrible. I think he needs to stop making robot films for a min and focus on something with a better narrative. So maybe the Alien film will be that. One thing's for sure, it will visually stunning.
      • Bo
        Yea, I think you're right about halting the robot thing. So it wasn't horrible, eh? Well, Alex here liked this new film and Alex has a pretty good take on movies in my opinion. O'Heir on Salon and Turan in the L.A. Times weren't harsh or rude about not liking the film; they just thought it was embarrassingly bad on all accounts. I'll check it out when it hits cable for free! As far as Alien...I don't know. Fox has to be hesitant after this new one flopped so badly. If the contracts haven't been signed they could pull back from this director. As far as visually stunning...you think? Not sure this guy has the chops of the directors that have already tackled the Alien thing...a la Scott, Cameron, Fincher. I don't think he's as talented as them. Or maybe I just don't match Blomkamp's sensibilities like I do the other 3 I just mentioned. Also, Alien(s) seems to be kicking a dead horse. It'll be interesting to see how it all comes about though.
        • Well it looks like Chappie wasn't expensive to begin with and its doing well overseas. Im pretty sure they will break even on it. Not good but its not Jupiter Ac. Visually i meant, his fx are always flawless. Chappies movements are motion captured but he Robot itself is CG. Pretty incredible because it never looked fake. Hopefully the Alien script is good. Thats really all what matters. I have faith...
          • Bo
            Maybe they'll break even, maybe not. We'll never really know for sure because....well....they lie!...lol...anyway, you're probably correct re: his fx, etc. You are also right that the script needs to be good and I can't join your having faith that it will be, especially having learned he and his wife (they wrote Chappie) will write the script. I hope so as I liked the Alien films. We'll see. Later. Nice chatting with you.
  • Ty Webb
    So happy this movie shit the bed
  • Guest
    I actually really loved the movie. We're there some flat and downhill moments? Sure! But then again, what movie doesn't? I personally feel that a lot of people who didn't like the movie were people who went into the cinema expecting a more heartwarming and idealistic execution and ending. However, (and this is strictly my perception of it) I think one of the main themes of the movie is that humans can be and some ARE indeed horrible. The world can be a cruel, cruel place with most beings being terrible all the way till the end. I loved it because it defies the usual stereotypes where the main characters somehow find major redemption and their personality does a complete U-Turn. I found myself waiting with bated breath for this to keep happening with Ninja (through his interactions with Chappie) and was actually pleasantly surprised when it happened so ever subtly. I thought that it was done in a rather tacit and realistic manner because most humans don't change that drastically (as other movies would love to have us believe). I thought it tackled a number of existential questions pretty well as well and it was a really good symbolism of parenting and how impressionable children can be. A lot of people found Chappie's reactions to be way too far-fetched (believing that he was helping Daddy get back his cars, sending police officers to sleep) but let's not forget that despite his intelligence, his mental age is still that of a child and children are so easily affected by what the people around them tell them. I also loved how he was so upset when he asked Deon why his 'Maker' would want to give him life only for him to die because I think a lot of people go through that question at some point in their lives and thought it a rather fitting parallel to the relationship most people have with God. Did I like Hugh Jackman as the antagonist? Not really but he was acceptable. Dev Patel as Deon was pretty alright as well and I could feel his love for his creation. He genuinely wanted to nurture and grow Chappie to its full potential and I don't think he gave a flat performance (I really liked his character here). Let's be clear about this. Chappie isn't bundled in a sugar-coated blanket and there are some genuinely distressing moments (where he gets bullied and tortured) which felt like I was being kicked into the gutter. It's not a perfect movie neither is it the most aesthetically pleasing but there is something quite refreshing and thought-provoking in how all these jarring characters and bits and pieces come together, making it a piece that stands out in a good way in my books.
  • Chai Yue Hong
    I actually really loved the movie. Were there some flat and downhill moments? Sure! But then again, what movie doesn't? I personally feel that a lot of people who didn't like the movie were people who went into the cinema expecting a more heartwarming and idealistic execution and ending. However, (and this is strictly my perception of it) I think one of the main themes of the movie is that humans can be and some ARE indeed horrible. The world can be a cruel, cruel place with most beings being terrible all the way till the end. I loved it because it defies the usual stereotypes where the main characters somehow find major redemption and their personality does a complete U-Turn. I found myself waiting with bated breath for this to keep happening with Ninja (through his interactions with Chappie) and was actually pleasantly surprised when it happened so ever subtly. I thought that it was done in a rather tacit and realistic manner because most humans don't change that drastically (as other movies would love to have us believe). I thought it tackled a number of existential questions pretty well as well and it was a really good symbolism of parenting and how impressionable children can be. A lot of people found Chappie's reactions to be way too far-fetched (believing that he was helping Daddy get back his cars, sending police officers to sleep) but let's not forget that despite his intelligence, his mental age is still that of a child and children are so easily affected by what the people around them tell them. I also loved how he was so upset when he asked Deon why his 'Maker' would want to give him life only for him to die because I think a lot of people go through that question at some point in their lives and thought it a rather fitting parallel to the relationship most people have with God. Did I like Hugh Jackman as the antagonist? Not really but he was acceptable. Dev Patel as Deon was pretty alright as well and I could feel his love for his creation. He genuinely wanted to nurture and grow Chappie to its full potential and I don't think he gave a flat performance (I really liked his character here). Let's be clear about this. Chappie isn't bundled in a sugar-coated blanket and there are some genuinely distressing moments (where he gets bullied and tortured) which felt like I was being kicked into the gutter. It's not a perfect movie neither is it the most aesthetically pleasing but there is something quite refreshing and thought-provoking in how all these jarring characters and bits and pieces come together, making it a piece that stands out in a good way in my books.
  • Chiroptera Exsanguination
    loved it. sharlto was fantastic and I was also surprised at how prominent ninja and yo-landi were in the film. I really expected them to be much more minor characters and I wasn't sure how shaky their acting would be but they were great.
  • fazha
    I went into this wanting to enjoy it. I really liked District 9 and Elysium. Both of those films had a consistent tone and message. Chappie on the other hand, felt like the director didn't really know what he wanted this movie to be. Was it a light hearted movie about a newly sentient robot? Or was it a serious film about the clash between AI and humanity? In trying to fall somewhere in between it ended up falling far short of either. When it tried to be the former it was undermined by the profanity and violence (neither of which I mind in a film when it fits), and when it tried to be the latter it was undermined by how simplistically it portrayed Artificial Intelligence ("Conciousness.dat"? Really?). I'm still a big fan of Mr. Blomkamp and think he's a great choice to helm the next Alien movie, but unfortunately felt that this one was a bit of a stumble. Plus, am I the only one who felt like this entire movie was taken out of a few 'robot cop' scenes from Elysium?
  • cs
    A very lackluster film propped up by an a great main character. Hugh Jackman, Sigourney Weaver and Dev Patel were all wasted. The film had some good moments but ultimately didn't impress. This could have been so much more. Chappie, the character himself, was awesome though.
  • zpayne02
    Watched the movie today. Loved all the themes. Sharlto Copley was awesome.What really stood out to me was Chappie's perception of how the cruel the world is. Like his frustration with humans, how they're so violent and always lie : / It was a fresh new sci fi film. Maybe if you're not into new stories/ideas you should just stick to all the sci fi reboots out there....
  • The best thing about Chappie was...well Chappie. The visual fx were once again flawless. I mean at no point did you think "oh thats fake". you really believed that he was real Robot. And i did actually like Ninja and Yolandi's performance. A bit cheese but it wasn't too bad. I really did enjoy that chappie going gangster part the most. The worst thing? Everything else. Really all of Jackman's character motivation was...his believes and jealousy? Weaver was indeed wasted. She added absolutely nothing. Overall, so so much potential for it to be a classic but the script never really picks up,IMO. Add the completely unnecessary violence during the ending and i can see where the negative reviews are coming from. The first half felt like a sequel to D9 meets Robocop in some ways. no? Mix in some Elysium. I dunno. Just saw it. Maybe i need to think about it some more. I do think that Neil is super talented but he does need to change it up. Not sure if Alien for his next movie is the right stepping stone, i feel his narrative still needs work. But of course, its still a fun movie if you don't take it too seriously. Still, props to Blomkamp for trying something somewhat original. I def enjoyed it more than Elysium. D9 still takes the cake.
    • Tester
      Fair objective review.. and I am also a bit worried over Aliens given his now last 2 movies. Lastly, we done name calling each other ?
      • I dont recall calling you names? Tester? Did you have another user name in the past?
        • Tester
          Sorry, got you confused with another name.. please disregard
    • SalsaBandit
      No one cares what you think
      • Salsa, looking at your comment history, you're obviously trolling whenever you can. Its getting old esp. arguing with a nobody. Alex will take of this.
      • Tester
        ALEX U GONNA STOP THIS ?
  • redskulllives
    awzome movie 😀
  • Jacob Crim
    Well I liked it more than I thought I would. The graphics were amazing. I thought NInja and Yolandi fit their roles very well, since they were basically supposed to be playing themselves. The action sequences though they were few were awesome.
  • Ty Webb
    You remove my comment because I said I was glad this movie did terrible? Let me say it again im super happy the movie is garbage
  • Kel
    Honestly? Loved it. Connected profoundly with the story and was deeply emotionally invested throughout. The tidal wave of negativity reminds me that sometimes critics just don't GET it. The point of storytelling isn't to craft a perfectly plotted narrative or to execute an idea flawlessly. The point is to make a connection. The point is to create a shared experience--to bring us together, as humans, and invite us so deeply into a story that we forget it's a story. It had its flaws, like every narrative does, but it was an ultimately worthwhile experience for me. It reminded me of why I'm a storyteller, and the types of experiences I want to create. In fact, I kind of wish I could reach out to Neill Blomkamp personally and just say, "Screw 'em all. I get what you were doing, and I FELT it. Good job."
  • Finally got round to watching Chappie, really liked it, Chappie was so good as a character and I liked the strange place Ninja and Yolandi lived, they were like some strange anime characters. Look forward to more from Neil

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