Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Chappie A.K.A. CHAPPiE (2015)

An American science fiction directed by Neill Blomkamp, starring Watkin Tudor Jones (Ninja), Anri du Toit (Yolandi Visser), Sigourney Weaver and Hugh Jackman.
Ninja and Yolandi owe a crime boss a large sum of money for a botched heist. They kidnap a scientist who has just created a human-like consciousness for police robots and the broken robot that he is about to test it on. In preparation for a larger crime, Ninja and Yolandi try to teach their new robot how to be a criminal, but also moral values. Back at the police robot station, another officer activates his bigger robot and pilots it into a confrontation with the main characters.
This got generally negative reviews, but I really liked it. It came with "pre-loaded" characters (Ninja and Yolandi). Anyone familiar with the duo's music videos knows their characters already, meaning that the lack of character development in the film became a non-issue. The plot was a little bit disjointed, choppy and desultory. It lacked resolution to many of the concepts and events involved. The video was pretty good. The special effects were done very well, meaning the robot looked real and like he was really there. The audio featured some Die Antwoord songs, so no complaints here. I could hear the dialogue too. Some of this dialogue was admittedly poorly written and maybe a little cheesy, but this was not the focus of the film. The real purpose of this thing was that Die Antwoord teach the robot to be like their characters. I think it succeeded here. Overall, pre-loaded characters that I like, good music and good CG. I rate this best. Watch it if you like Die Antwoord.

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