Steve Says CHAPPIE Is Conceptually Good, But Fails In Its Execution

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We have all thought about how it would be to have robots on this planet that take the place of human beings. Right now all we really have is the robot vacuum cleaner and I just can’t see spending $400+ on a vacuum. In Neill Blomkamp’s latest movie, we are introduced to a group of robots that are meant to help humans in the police force. They have been able to clean up crime in South Africa and everyone seems to be happy until the criminals start fighting back. Well, if everyone was happy, we wouldn’t have a movie.

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Deon Wilson (Dev Patel) created these robots and obviously wants to see them succeed. When one of them gets destroyed he actually wants to try a new experiment that involves giving a robot human-like feelings. His boss, Michelle Bradley (Sigourey Weaver) is having none of it and wants the robot that was destroyed to be completely decommissioned. After finally figuring out the correct code for the human-like feelings, Deon decides to proceed regardless of what his boss has told him.

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Let’s move on to one of the not so happy people. That would be Deon’s co-worker, Vincent Moore (Hugh Jackman). Vincent has designed another robot to help clean the streets of crime. Although his robot is much more of a destructive robot that might be more suitable for a war of some kind, he tries his best to get it approved to be used in the streets to fight normal crime. His battle is one that he is going to lose and it will not sit well with him.

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Then there is the gang. There has to be a gang, right? Led by Ninja and Yolandi, they lead a 3 member gang (I didn’t say it was a big gang) that needs money fast. They seek out Deon to pressure him to give them the remote that shuts down to police bots so they can pull off a heist. The problem is that there is no such thing and they have to settle for kidnapping the damaged robot along with Deon and they force him to build the robot with the human-like feelings. What a mess. They teach the robot (Chappie) to speak a certain way and walk a certain way, but when it comes to shooting people during a potential heist, Chappie refuses because he won’t commit a crime and he won’t injure a human. Oh and here is something that happens and I feel I need to preface it with “this actually happened.” There is a scene in which Yolandi is reading Chappie a bedtime story. A bedtime story. Let that sink in for a moment or two and take a look at Ninja and his yellow gun.

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As I state in the title of the review, the concept of Chappie is actually pretty good. I just wish that Neill Blomkamp could have built upon his ideas from District 9 just a bit. Oh and perhaps they could have invested in some better actors. I had zero problems with the job that Patel and Jackman did, although Jackman isn’t at his best in this one. The problem is that we see so much of Ninja and Yolandi that is becomes a cluster pretty quickly. They are in an actual band called Die Antwoord and those are actually their names and they are actually from South Africa. The issue is that they are really, REALLY bad. For me, they completely ruined the movie. They were so outlandishly annoying that I just wanted the movie to be over with and I wanted to go watch Short Circuit so that I could cleanse my mind with a good robot movie.

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