Chappie is a good movie in its own right. It is better than Elysium but not better than District 9.
Directed by Neill Blomkamp, Chappie delivers in certain ways. The plot centers around protagonist Deon (Dev Patel), an engineer for the outfit that churns out the Scouts. His only colleagues who, at that point, seem vaguely sentient are his boss, Michelle (Sigourney Weaver), and a teeth-gnashing foe, Vincent (Hugh Jackman), who parades around with a gun on his belt. One night, Deon takes a decommissioned robot home and, after some Red Bull and energetic keyboard abuse, solves the problem of artificial intelligence. Enter Chappie, played by Sharlto Copley, Mr. Blomkamp’s favorite attraction.
Things go array as Chappie ends up in the hands of two criminals (played by Ninja and Yo-Landi Visser.) Under their “parenting,” Chappie learns to talk and learns the world around him. He is exposed to the world of crime after being manipulated by his “Daddy” for his own personal gain. From there, the story takes off. To be honest, they weren’t really needed in the movie but anything to stretch out the plot.
The best part of the movie was Chappie itself. Played by Sharlto Copley, he does an excellent job in portraying Chappie. From him being curious about the world around him to turning into a gangster, there wasn’t a dull scene for Chappie.
My only concern was character development. I would have love to know more about Hugh Jackman and Sigourney Weaver’s character. If Blomkamp would have expanded their roles, then this movie would have been great. Dev Patel’s character was developed more than them (even though it had to be since he is the creator of Chappie.)
The visual effects was top-notch as usual. Chappie looked like a real robot and so realistic. The cinematography was very well done as it shows the seedy underbelly yet beautiful city of Johannesburg, South Africa. Even though Mr. Blomkamp filmed his last two films here, it is still beautiful to watch.
Don’t let the low reviews fool you. Chappie is a good, heartwarming film. Perhaps his most underrated film. It might not be appreciated now, but in the future it will.
Movie Rating: 7.9 out of 10