Chappie | Movie Review 14 Mar 2015   361


Cast: Sharlto Copley, Dev Patel, Yolandi Visser, Hugh Jackman, Sigourney Weaver, Jose Pablo Cantillo, Ninja
Direction: Neill Blomkamp
Genre: Sci-Fi
Duration: 2 hours

Critics Review

Times of India (TOI):

Deon, who works at a technology company, is a genius. The cubicle he sits in cannot contain his big ideas regarding robotics. Office bully Vincent (Jackman) has his own negative take on the dangers of AI and takes Deon’s case at any opportunity. When Deon tells his boring boss Michelle (Weaver) that he has discovered the key to AI, she in effect, calls him crazy.
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Deon WIlson (Dev Patel), a maker of scout robots with a local Johannesburg robotics company, that retails to the city’s cops, decides to use aguardkey to experiment on one of his rejects. This will enable to make the robot, whose battery is running out, sentient. He gets hijacked by an amateurish band of thieves who steal his ‘cargo’. He tries and keeps in touch with the robot but is soon appalled to see that his creation is living the life of a criminal.
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No one expected Neill Blomkamp to make every film as great as ‘District 9’, but certainly no one expected him to take such harsh criticism in just his third film. ‘Chappie’ has almost been universally slammed, presumably by critics who wanted more of the cerebral pleasures of his first film. What the critics failed to see is that, ‘Chappie’, on its own, is actually a pretty good movie. The story is a tad weird, for commercial Hollywood at least.
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‘District 9’ and ‘Elysium’ director Neill Blomkamp’s latest film ‘Chappie’ has a distinctly recycled feel to it. I spent most of the film’s running time picking out all the references to other sci-fi movies until I was too bored to care anymore. The action unfolds in a not-so-distant future where a robotic police force successfully serves and protects a chaotic Johannesburg that is perennially on the verge of anarchy.
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Indian Express:

The most surprising part of Chappie, by Academy Award-nominee Blomkamp, is that Hugh Jackman plays second fiddle to Dev Patel. The second surprising part is that Patel holds his own. As Deon Wilson — no, no Indian-lineage hints — Patel is the lead programmer of the Scouts programme, which has provided Johannesburg with an all-robotic police force and brought order to the lawless town.
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