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Chappie
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07.13.2015 By: Chris Bumbray
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Director:
Neil Blomkamp

Actors:
Hugh Jackman
Dev Patel
Sharlto Copley

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
In a futuristic South Africa patrolled by police robots, one defective model is given human emotions by his creator (Dev Patel). Now known as Chappie (Sharlto Copley) the robot falls into the hands of a group of thugs who want to use him to help them pull off a violent heist, while the deranged engineer (Hugh Jackman) of a rival robot wants to use this outlaw model as a way to make his own machine king of the streets.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
I was shocked that people reacted so harshly to CHAPPIE when it came out in March. I still donít understand what exactly they had against it. While admittedly no masterpiece, CHAPPIE was one of the rare big-budget sci-fi entries to have a lot of heart and soul mixed in with some dazzling pyrotechnics. And it was R-rated to boot, an increasing rarity when most movies that cost over a certain amount almost inevitably end up with a watered-down PG-13. This was one badass robot flick, right?

In the end, it seems people didnít agree with me as CHAPPIE wound up with some awful reviews and middling box office. What went wrong? Maybe it was due to an inexplicable backlash thatís been growing against director Neil Blomkamp. Maybe DISTRICT 9 was just too good for a debut. People seem to think he owes us movies that are as brilliant as that rather singular achievement, but things like that donít just come along every year or so. Whatever CHAPPIE is, itís a major improvement over the similarly dismissed ELYSIUM and a rockiní action flick with a lovable robot hero who Iíd love to see show up in a CHAPPIE 2 Ė although the chances of that happening are absolutely nil.

People have compared this to SHORT CIRCUIT but the last time I checked, that wasnít a badass action flick. This opts for a crazy punk aesthetic illustrated perfectly by the casting of Die Antwoord in the leads. While not proper actors, they have a unique screen presence and coupled with their additions to the amazing Hans Zimmer soundtrack (which was really overlooked) they help give CHAPPIE a feel thatís all its own. If the movie has a failing, itís that Hugh Jackman and the mullet-wearing baddie feels like stunt casting, while Sigourney Weaver is absolutely wasted in a nothing role.
THE EXTRAS
Despite under-performing at the box office - CHAPPIE comes to Blu-ray loaded with features.

Alternate ending: A discarded, alternate end (with completed VFX) where Chappie's consciousness is transferred into all offline police robots, meaning the film would have ended with hundred of Chappie's al over the city.

Extended scene: A more violent version of the final showdown with Jackman, where Chappie is far more vicious than he is in the final cut.

From Tetra Vaal to CHAPPIE: Focuses on Blomkamp's original short, and how he updated it to a big-budget feature.

Jozi: Real City and a Sci-Fi Setting: A look at the Jo'berg locations and the challenges of shooting in such a rough location.

Chappie: The Streetwise Professor: A look at Sharlto Copley's mo-cap performance, with them making it clear Copley was on-set 100% of the time playing Chappie opposite the other actors.

We Are Tetravaal: A short featurette focused on Sigourney Weaver's casting - which is odd considering how minor the part wound up.

Keep It Gangster: Interviews with Die Antwoord, where Ninja - surprisingly - seems pretty humble and sane in contrast to the behind-the-scenes stories from the set.

Rogue Robot: All about the action choreography and special effects.

Arms Race: A deconstruction of the various weapons used by the characters, from the realistic to the ultra futuristic.

Bringing Chappie to Life: In-depth on the VFX and how much effort went into making Chappie look real.

The Reality of Robotics: A look at the scientific research into AI and robotics they made throughout the production.

In all these featurettes add up to a solid eighty minutes of behind-the-scenes material that's better than average as far as EPK's go.

The Art of CHAPPIE: An interactive gallery focused on the storyboards and concept art.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
While not a slam-dunk, CHAPPIE is still Ė to me anyways Ė one of the yearís better action/sci-fi flicks and worth rediscovering now that itís on disc/VOD. Even if you were frightened away by the toxic reviews, give it a shot and make up your own mind whether this lovable robot belongs on the scrap heap.
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5:40PM on 07/14/2015
This movie was a pile of shit. Fucking sucked.
This movie was a pile of shit. Fucking sucked.
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4:55AM on 07/14/2015
Great concept , poorly executed. There was no emotional attachment to any of the characters so by the time the movie ended it was nothing more than Die Antwoord promotion material.
Great concept , poorly executed. There was no emotional attachment to any of the characters so by the time the movie ended it was nothing more than Die Antwoord promotion material.
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4:35AM on 07/14/2015
Its a great little big punk film, fuck the haters. Even Die Antwoord did a very capable job, the special effects and Sharlto are just amazing.
Its a great little big punk film, fuck the haters. Even Die Antwoord did a very capable job, the special effects and Sharlto are just amazing.
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2:40PM on 07/14/2015
Evidently fuck the critics and the audience too, since it was badly reviewed and nobody saw it.
Evidently fuck the critics and the audience too, since it was badly reviewed and nobody saw it.
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2:11AM on 07/14/2015

I finally saw it.....

.....and it was as bad as I thought it would be. The acting was TERRIBLE, the characters did ridiculous things to further the plot, the characters were one-dimensional stereotypes, and I found nothing appealing about Sharlto's voice-over work. It was literally one of the most miserable movie experiences I've had in a very long time. Even Elysium was better, and that was really dumb.....
.....and it was as bad as I thought it would be. The acting was TERRIBLE, the characters did ridiculous things to further the plot, the characters were one-dimensional stereotypes, and I found nothing appealing about Sharlto's voice-over work. It was literally one of the most miserable movie experiences I've had in a very long time. Even Elysium was better, and that was really dumb.....
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1:57AM on 07/14/2015
Rented Chappie this past weekend & it really surprised me. Yes it's like an R rated version of Short Circuit, but I still liked it & it was nice to see Hugh Jackman play the bad guy, even the 2 from Die Antwoord were decent well Yolandi faired better, but Ninja kinda overacted at times. This movie is definitely better than Elysium was, so it's Blomkamp's 2nd best, now I am curious how he handles Alien.
Rented Chappie this past weekend & it really surprised me. Yes it's like an R rated version of Short Circuit, but I still liked it & it was nice to see Hugh Jackman play the bad guy, even the 2 from Die Antwoord were decent well Yolandi faired better, but Ninja kinda overacted at times. This movie is definitely better than Elysium was, so it's Blomkamp's 2nd best, now I am curious how he handles Alien.
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