Chappie (2015)

Chappie

Starring: Sharlto Copley, Dev Patel, Hugh Jackman, Sigourney Weaver, Jose Pablo Cantillo, Yo-Landi Visser, Ninja

Plot: Taking place in future times, crime is patrolled by a mechanized police force. The creator of the mechanized police force, Deon (Patel), steals a police droid and test runs a new program allowing it to have and develop a conscious. The new creation is named Chappie (Copley)—and being an even stronger force than the police droid, he becomes the target of a group of drug and arms dealers, as well as a jealous engineer coworker in Deon’s industry.

Rating: 8/10

***SPOILER ALERT!!! THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS!!!!***

Overall: I had a couple problems with this film. While it was a decent film with a lot of great humor and action aspects to it, I think there were some weak points. One, was some of the character developments. Ninja and Yo-Landi were originally unlikeable characters (in my opinion), but by the end of the film, you find yourself rooting for them. Two, Deon is seeming a very smart engineer, but I find it sort of absurd that Chappie finds a solution to transfer consciousness to another robot before Deon—whom is convinced it’s not possible. Three, there’s a part near the end of the film where the news person announces that “Chappie cannot be found,” and yet, the police were raiding the warehouse in the end—where Chappie and Deon had locked themselves in, where BOTH Deon AND Chappie’s bodies were left—after Deon fled and eventually found Chappie in his new body. Four, nothing about Hugh Jackman’s character was likeable. As a villain in a film, I think there has to be likeability even as a “bad guy.” That, and I didn’t like how fast his robot was destroyed. Maybe that was the point, but I wanted more of a fight on his part.

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