Friday, March 6, 2015

Chappie

Rated R / 2 hr / Action - SciFi - Thriller

What is it about?

In the bandit city of Johannesburg, a new robot police force is put in place. Their effectiveness is impressive and causes the crime rate to drop. The creator of these police robots, called 'Scouts', is more interested in creating a true artificial intelligence. That doesn't fall in line with what the corporation he works for wants.They don't care about making a robot that can write poetry. A group of gangsters kidnaps the creator to show them the off switch so they can pull off a heist. They have a large debt to pay to another gangster. The engineer is unable to show them the off switch, but he convinces them to allow him to build Chappie.

You will like it if...

You like complex action movies about robots. The preview does not do this film justice. The story tackles many complex questions that are never fully answered, but I don't think they are meant to be. Chappie is a charming but naive character that is easy to root for. The gangsters he falls in with are by far the least experienced and lack talent when it comes to acting, but they offer a bit of authenticity to their roles. I think they casted them by looking for the craziest looking tattooed people at the gym. It's the only major fault in the movie although there are a few minor ones. The special effects are top notch which isn't surprising considering the people behind the film. The real star is the script that contains a bit of everything and manages to still be highly entertaining without seeming forced. Chappie exceeded my expectations by a wide margin.

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