DVD Review: Chappie
Neill Blomkamp seems to be turning into a M. Night Shyamalan. Coming out of nowhere with the amazing District 9, only to follow it up with an essential re-make of sorts in Elysium, and now we have Chappie.
South Africa it seems is the most violent place on earth and therefore the first logical place to implement a fully robotic police division known as Scouts. The Scouts creator, Deon Wilson, wants to take his Scouts further, past just programmed Police droids, by giving them AI, allowing them to have the ability to think, reason, and feel for themselves.
Of course the company that Deon works for is in the business of making and selling weapons, not robots that can write poetry, so Deon has to go behind his bosses back. of course, things to go to plan. Much like this film.
The best thing about Chappie is Chappie. The robot is brilliant, both in it’s visual representation and it’s unique character. The problem with Chappie the film, is that it stumbles around, never being able to make up it’s mind where it’s going, and any potential is lost. And then their is the supporting cast, all of who fall well below the acting chops of the central robot. I’m embarrassed for Hugh Jackman, and only have a degree of love for Patel because he was so good in Newsroom.
I just hope Blomkamp manages to pull another one out of the hat with his Aliens project.