“Chappie” Review

chappieChappie is written and directed by Neill Blomkamp (District 9, Elysium) and stars Sharlto Copley, Dev Patel, and Hugh Jackman. The movie is about a police droid, Chappie (Copley), that is stolen and given new programming by the original creator of the droids (Patel), and this programming allows Chappie to think and experience things for himself.

This was one of my most highly anticipated films of the year, and I am here to say that it was a major letdown.

For the positives, Sharlto Copley as Chappie was great. The voice acting was spot on, and it gave the robot believability. Chappie himself is by far the best aspect of the movie, and the scenes he is in are by far the most entertaining.

As always, the sound by Hans Zimmer was great, and it gave the scenes an added power.

Dev Patel was solid, but after him, the human cast is just a mess.

Music artists Ninja and Yo-Landi Visser have pretty large roles in this movie, and they definitely shouldn’t. Their acting is wooden, and the changes that their characters go through are most certainly unbelievable.

The biggest surprise was how terrible Hugh Jackman‘s character was. As Vincent Moore, a man whose robot design was shot down due to Patel’s successful droids, there was a chance for the movie to allow us to feel some sympathy towards Jackman’s character. Instead, the movie makes Jackman’s character a douche 100 percent of the time and make a talented actor one-dimensional and idiotic.

To go with idiotic, the plot in this film loses everything that it could have been. Blomkamp‘s ideas are there, but they are extremely underutilized which creates scenes that have been done so many times before.

A story about artificial intelligence should not involve teen rebellion, but that doesn’t stop Chappie from using it. The plot forgets about characters for long periods of time, and it only continues because characters don’t choose the laughably easy decision, but instead the idiotic one that drags this movie out for two hours.

No spoilers, but the end of this movie is just plain dumb. It is ridiculous, unnecessary, and is done to make a nice happy little ending instead of something more sensible.

Overall, Chappie is a misfire for director Neill Blomkamp. Chappie himself is a well-developed, well-voiced character, and the movie has its entertaining moments, but most of the supporting cast around him fails miserably, and so does its plot and storyline. Chappie is a lead candidate for the most disappointing movie of 2015.

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