IMDB Rating: 6,8/10
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Director: Neill Blomkamp
Writer: Terri Tatchell
Stars: Sharlto Copley, Dev Patel, Hugh Jackman
What if a sci-fi movie mixes up with an emotional drama like yourself want to be in there and hug it? Well, you got this movie directed by Neill Blomkamp known as District 9 and Elysium. You know, these 3 movies include Chappie belong to the same genre, have a pattern story about humanity, and there is a sympathetic character in it, except District 9 because I haven’t enough watch it. Yeah, these three movies do have the same genre of sci-fi and tell about humanity. But, Chappie doesn’t entirely work behind it. The film is like a story of sympathy from a robot because the Artifical Intelligence is equivalent to humans. You know, it’s familiar with Ex Machina, right? But, Chappie mixed up a story of emotional drama and sci-fi but failed to establish the characters. No surprise if this movie has a lot of negative reviews. As you know, I always take the positives aspect even though I see the ratings of movies or anything else are very low even in drop and contempt. Chappie does present us an equivalent premise of the two films but ultimately fails because that’s not what the director and writer want to convey.
“Chappie,” tells about a city in Johannesburg. The police department reduced the crime rate by using a robot from the Tetravaal company, designed by an engineer Deon Wilson (Dev Patel). A former military Vincent Moore (Hugh Jackman) is so envied to Deon since he also designed another project called Moose but Tetravaal and police department are not interested in the project. Deon also managed to develop an Artificial Intelligence but the CEO of Tetravaal’s Michelle Bradley (Sigourney Weaver) told him to cancel it. Deon chose to bring the damaged Robot 22 after a test of A.I. However, he was kidnapped by a criminals Ninja (Ninja), Yo-Landi (Yo-Landi Visser), and Yankie (Jose Pablo Cantillo) where they wanted to stop robot cops. When they see a broken robot inside the van, they force Deon to program it in order to rob a bank and call him Chappie (Sharlto Copley). But Chappie acts like a child and needs training like a baby. On the other hand, Vincent follows Deon and plans to stop them from activating his robot.
The premise of this film is cliche and cheap. Honestly, I swear I don’t want. But, this is more like a story about a drama family but it’s pounded with action as well as a dark sci-fi background. Neil Blomkamp seems to want to show us a background about how real life is. The story is like I want to enter into a warm of them but a hard life that I don’t want too. It’s escalated quickly. The opening scene opens with a movie summary, what happens, where it is, and how it can happen. Some of the footage also shows the same cinematography style as used in District 9, even if only for a second. The rest, not like that until the end of the movie. The first time I watched this movie, I feel sympathized towards all of the characters even two gangsters who kidnapped the protagonist and antagonist. This movie doesn’t resemble to produce anything if I watch it twice. The plot is just like that, no changes and no improvements. Everything just stays where it never moves. The antagonist movement is also cliche and easy to suppose. The bad guy loses and the good guy wins. But, it’s kinda familiar with Elysium especially the ending where I also feel sympathy with all of the characters especially the main character who has a purpose, holds the hope that everyone wants, and in the end, he is gone. In short, it’s a happy ending that feels like a bad ending. It’s really weird. But, not with Chappie. I feel Dev Patel and Hugh Jackman are the two actors who starred in this movie. But, they don’t get a part like the starring actor in general. In fact, Neill Blomkamp focuses more on the role of Ninja and Yo-Landi played by themselves. I mean, they are Die Antwoord, a hip-hop group that some of their songs it’s okay but catchy. However, this is the worst. Why should they? Their acting is also okay, average. But I don’t care because Chappie makes everything so warm. Oh, man.
For the actor, Sharlto Copley it’s the best. He managed to portray a person that I also wanted to hug him. His Chappie character is really more sympathetic than all of the characters so I’m got impressed with his character. The character of a baby who tries to learn how the world it works, until he is in the wrong way so that his creators come to make him aware, it’s great and touching. Chappie is the sweetest and warmest character I’ve ever seen. Dev Patel and Hugh Jackman it’s great too but not as Sharlto Copley. Both of them actually have performed well in this movie but their role is too small and more narrated. Hugh Jackman managed to illustrate how the antagonist character cliche has ever existed. Dev Patel I think is just nice but not interesting. As I said, Ninja and Yo-Landi are okay. Not good and not bad but annoying as frick. I’m sorry but they’re the ones who have to star in this movie because of their roles. It should not credit the star at the beginning of the film but not too show its existence. The story also goes so slowly, slowly, and slowly but heartwarming. Then, immediately turn into action, action, and action until the emotional and dark ending.
Overall, Chappie is not really a sci-fi movie about humanity but this is a dramatic story which filled with everything that happens. Sometimes funny, swept, and annoying at the same time. Even so, there are a lot of lapses that exist such as a cut that comes from nowhere, the main character that is missing from next shot and come from nowhere, and a factory that has no security guard even it’s so easy to penetrate and hack. I think is enough to say but there’s always something good about the aspect. Chappie has a moral message that is clear on pulling out especially if this is purely a drama, maybe this movie will be suitably by the family. Don’t listen to the critics who just look for the flaw of this movie but didn’t mention the good aspect. Just watch it and you’ll know what it’s like. Except, if I also mention some lack too.