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Review: Chappie

Chappie
03.05.2015
8 10

PLOT: 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.

REVIEW: After DISTRICT 9, it seemed like all fandom was ready to anoint director Neill Blomkamp as the hot visionary director of our time. Yet, when his follow-up, ELYSIUM (a perfectly decent film in its own right) turned out to not be the all-out masterpiece audiences were expecting, the tide seemed to turn against him and sure enough, CHAPPIE is getting some pretty rough reviews by a lot of the same writers who pegged Blomkamp as a visionary just a few years ago.

While CHAPPIE is an imperfect film, it's far better than the early reviews may have you believe. Blomkamp still hasn't quite been able to capture the same sense of urgency as he did with DISTRICT 9, which brilliantly used a verité-style to tell an epic sci-fi tale. CHAPPIE is still more in-line with that than the ultra-ambitious ELYSIUM, but not quite as assured. Its chief strength is certainly Sharlto Copley who – through motion-capture and voice acting (and amazing CGI work by the VFX team) – has turned the robot star Chappie into an impossibly endearing character. In effect, he puts the heart back into Blomkamp's work, which ELYSIUM lacked as Copley played a snarling villain in it. He's far more effective as the hero.

The return to Blomkamp's native South Africa also gives this the same renegade (or rather international) feel that DISTRICT 9 had and whether you like this or not, it can't be denied that CHAPPIE is thoroughly Blomkamp's vision, making this one of the more uncompromising studio pics we're likely to get this year. CHAPPIE is certainly not movie making by committee, and Blomkamp's passion for the material is etched in every frame. While it has plenty of genre elements, including a propulsive score by Hans Zimmer (nearly on-par with the scores he writes for Christopher Nolan) and some major action sequences, the film is sensitive and even tender at times . Surprisingly, this is more SHORT CIRCUIT than ROBOCOP, albeit an ultra-violent R-rated version with an F-bomb dropping gangsta robot hero.

One of the more controversial aspects of the film is Blomkamp's use of Die Antwoord's Ninja and Yolandi Visser in two of the lead roles. Neither are really actors and it shows, but both have a distinct charisma that makes them effective. It's certain the parts have been tailored to them, although some of the meta-touches, like them using their own names, listening to their own hit records and even wearing their own band swag, don't quite work and distract from the film. Still, it's hard to imagine anyone else in their parts. Of the two, Yolandi Visser probably comes the closest to giving an actual performance, with her transition from gun-totting gangsta to concerned mother-figure being surprisingly affecting. She's actually quite sweet as her maternal instincts take over once she sees Chappie's innocence and inherent goodness. Ninja is more two-dimensional, and emotional scenes with him don't quite work, but when he's playing it ultra rough (which is most of the time) his chemistry with Chappie is solid, and Copley does an incredible mo-cap job imitating Ninja's distinct physical, gangta manner once Chappie starts to see him as a role model.

Surprisingly, the bigger names in the cast have relatively little to do. Dev Patel is the most prominent as Chappie's creator, and he's earnest and endearing (and toned way down as opposed to his performance in THE SECOND BEST MARIGOLD HOTEL – also opening this week). Hugh Jackman is more cartoonish as the mullet-wearing, snarling villain. If Blomkamp has one big failing, it's that his bad guys are never very interesting, and while Jackman is clearly trying to have fun, it's still a forgettable part. The same goes for Sigourney Weaver, who's wasted the same way Jodie Foster was in ELYSIUM (although the framed photos of dogs in her office are a cute touch).

CHAPPIE probably isn't going to capture the public's imagination the same way DISTRICT 9 did, but even if you felt let down by ELYSIUM (which, again, is likely better than you remember) CHAPPIE is absolutely worth seeing. It's the work of an insanely talented director, and while it's not perfect, even when it goes a little off-the-rails, it's never less than intriguing and always entertaining. At its best, CHAPPIE is riveting and even sweet. It's nice to see a sci-fi action flick with both eye candy and heart. The latter is too often overlooked these days.

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3:05AM on 03/07/2015
I thoroughly enjoyed it, others didn't...meanwhile the world keeps turning.
I thoroughly enjoyed it, others didn't...meanwhile the world keeps turning.
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12:20AM on 03/06/2015
What's wrong with Des1 questioning the review score? This movie has an average 5/10 critical rating. One review in particular says "Aggressively maudlin, staggeringly stupid, and shockingly dull, the film is a bust right from the start, a movie whose failures lie directly in its very conception and premises." Yet this reviewer feels it is an 8/10? I find that a bit dubious as well and question where the line between critique and fandom is. Blomkamp clearly is making the same movie over and over
What's wrong with Des1 questioning the review score? This movie has an average 5/10 critical rating. One review in particular says "Aggressively maudlin, staggeringly stupid, and shockingly dull, the film is a bust right from the start, a movie whose failures lie directly in its very conception and premises." Yet this reviewer feels it is an 8/10? I find that a bit dubious as well and question where the line between critique and fandom is. Blomkamp clearly is making the same movie over and over again.
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12:42AM on 03/06/2015
Thank you. Seriously, it's not like I'm coming to their house and shouting "Dumbledoor dies at the end!"

I post once, get called a bunch of names, then when I respond (on my thread) with facts to back up my statement, I get accused of seeking attention and trolling. It's funny....this thing is about 50/50 with commenters on IGN, but here it's like everyone is a Blomkamp-o-phile, then there's me.
Thank you. Seriously, it's not like I'm coming to their house and shouting "Dumbledoor dies at the end!"

I post once, get called a bunch of names, then when I respond (on my thread) with facts to back up my statement, I get accused of seeking attention and trolling. It's funny....this thing is about 50/50 with commenters on IGN, but here it's like everyone is a Blomkamp-o-phile, then there's me.
8:04AM on 03/06/2015
There is no doubt that Blomkamp is a visionary director. I cant comment on his latest effort as I haven't seen it, but by going by the reviews and comments it seems that he has failed to execute his vision in certain areas. Which is a shame. But I am still excited to see what he could do with Aliens especially as I was on his kind of wave length with bringing pivotal characters back. Des you are fully entitled to make a comment, keep at it. I thought Man of Stool was the biggest pile of hyped
There is no doubt that Blomkamp is a visionary director. I cant comment on his latest effort as I haven't seen it, but by going by the reviews and comments it seems that he has failed to execute his vision in certain areas. Which is a shame. But I am still excited to see what he could do with Aliens especially as I was on his kind of wave length with bringing pivotal characters back. Des you are fully entitled to make a comment, keep at it. I thought Man of Stool was the biggest pile of hyped up rubbish I have seen in a long time (and I like Zack Snyder).
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5:44PM on 03/05/2015

It's down to 31% at the moment

I know everyone was angry at me for saying this review was too high, but can we at least agree that those not predisposed to love Blomkamp aren't exactly thrilled with this film?
I know everyone was angry at me for saying this review was too high, but can we at least agree that those not predisposed to love Blomkamp aren't exactly thrilled with this film?
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7:16PM on 03/05/2015
It is what it is I guess. I get the impression you want this movie to flop, or you wouldn't be rubbing it in people's face.
It is what it is I guess. I get the impression you want this movie to flop, or you wouldn't be rubbing it in people's face.
7:54PM on 03/05/2015
Exactly, I've never seen someone so obsessed with what other people think as this guy. He just keeps going on about rottentomatoes, apparently he thinks rottentomatoes is the deciding factor in how good a movie is. I havnt seen it yet but I am hopeful it will atleast be fun. This guy thinks because he saw rottentomatoes it must be the worst movie and nobody else is allowed to like it.
Exactly, I've never seen someone so obsessed with what other people think as this guy. He just keeps going on about rottentomatoes, apparently he thinks rottentomatoes is the deciding factor in how good a movie is. I havnt seen it yet but I am hopeful it will atleast be fun. This guy thinks because he saw rottentomatoes it must be the worst movie and nobody else is allowed to like it.
8:09PM on 03/05/2015
Well Preston (again Jak, you're too stupid to bother with), I made one post, and immediately got a dozen angry replies for disagreeing with Chris' optimistic take on the film. So all of my posts have been responses to the angry fanboys attacking me, not "rubbing it in anyone's face."

Look at Jak and his boyfriend Strat. Nothing of substance, no addressing my points, just attacking me for not thinking like them. Then you have ConMan accusing me of being a sheep for not agreeing with him.
Well Preston (again Jak, you're too stupid to bother with), I made one post, and immediately got a dozen angry replies for disagreeing with Chris' optimistic take on the film. So all of my posts have been responses to the angry fanboys attacking me, not "rubbing it in anyone's face."

Look at Jak and his boyfriend Strat. Nothing of substance, no addressing my points, just attacking me for not thinking like them. Then you have ConMan accusing me of being a sheep for not agreeing with him. So yeah, I posted the facts to rebut their silly fanboy over-reaction.
9:05PM on 03/05/2015
Now this... This is hilarious.
Now this... This is hilarious.
2:11AM on 03/06/2015
Des1 everytime I see your comments, all you're doing is bitching. Are there any movies that you actually like? Fuck. It seems like you're on the wrong site. Stick with rotten tomatoes buddy
Des1 everytime I see your comments, all you're doing is bitching. Are there any movies that you actually like? Fuck. It seems like you're on the wrong site. Stick with rotten tomatoes buddy
2:26PM on 03/05/2015
Joblo's 2015 Blomkamp reviews reminds me of Aint It Cool News 2005 Shyamalan reviews.
Joblo's 2015 Blomkamp reviews reminds me of Aint It Cool News 2005 Shyamalan reviews.
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2:28PM on 03/05/2015
I was thinking Harry Knowles epic debacle with the Matthew Broderick Godzilla. He literally screamed through his review about how great it was, then later had to apologize to attempt to regain his credibility.

41% on RT with a 5.3 average score. That's before the mainstream critics (who don't usually like sci-fi) get around to it.
I was thinking Harry Knowles epic debacle with the Matthew Broderick Godzilla. He literally screamed through his review about how great it was, then later had to apologize to attempt to regain his credibility.

41% on RT with a 5.3 average score. That's before the mainstream critics (who don't usually like sci-fi) get around to it.
12:49PM on 03/05/2015

Fanboy Bandwagoning is Idiotic.....

...Especially when their self appointed Hero doesn't make exactly the film they want to see, then they spend the rest of their lives dumping on said Hero, as it ' well AFTER XXXXXX he BLEW....God that is so pathetic. Elysium was a great film. did it have problems? yeah , but they were minor, and they certainly didn't get in the way of the story being told. Mr. Blomkamp is , I think one of the more original filmmakers working today, and I look forward to seeing Chappie. As far as the
...Especially when their self appointed Hero doesn't make exactly the film they want to see, then they spend the rest of their lives dumping on said Hero, as it ' well AFTER XXXXXX he BLEW....God that is so pathetic. Elysium was a great film. did it have problems? yeah , but they were minor, and they certainly didn't get in the way of the story being told. Mr. Blomkamp is , I think one of the more original filmmakers working today, and I look forward to seeing Chappie. As far as the Haters go, they should all do what they do best; Stay in the basement, and provide compost for mushrooms to grow in. That way, they'd at least be providing some kind of useful service to society.
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12:36PM on 03/05/2015
8/10? Surprising because this review reads pretty lukewarm. If you didn't put your score at the end I would have guessed a 5 or 6/10.
8/10? Surprising because this review reads pretty lukewarm. If you didn't put your score at the end I would have guessed a 5 or 6/10.
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12:01PM on 03/05/2015
8/10? Dang, expected lower than that.
8/10? Dang, expected lower than that.
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11:44AM on 03/05/2015
Am I the ONLY person that liked Elysium? The script wasn't perfect but damn were some of those action scenes intense. Also a great score and performance by Copley as Kruger! Definitely seeing Chappie and bring on Alien 3!
Am I the ONLY person that liked Elysium? The script wasn't perfect but damn were some of those action scenes intense. Also a great score and performance by Copley as Kruger! Definitely seeing Chappie and bring on Alien 3!
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5:33PM on 03/05/2015
I also liked Elysium for what it was but it seems people were expecting it to be a D9 sequel for some reason.
I also liked Elysium for what it was but it seems people were expecting it to be a D9 sequel for some reason.
10:44AM on 03/05/2015
Seeing this tonight, Fuck the haters.
-This might not be the best movie of the year by a long shot but you better fucking believe its getting the ball rolling on what may be the best year for nerds since 1982
Seeing this tonight, Fuck the haters.
-This might not be the best movie of the year by a long shot but you better fucking believe its getting the ball rolling on what may be the best year for nerds since 1982
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10:25AM on 03/05/2015
I'm glad Dev Patel didn't get his career killed by Shyamalan. I haven't seen many of the other actors from Airbender much after that disaster.
I'm glad Dev Patel didn't get his career killed by Shyamalan. I haven't seen many of the other actors from Airbender much after that disaster.
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11:26AM on 03/05/2015
You didn't enjoy the girls acting in Transformers 4.
You didn't enjoy the girls acting in Transformers 4.
11:30AM on 03/05/2015
HuH? Dev Patel is male. The boy from Slumdog Millionaire, you know? And I have not seen the last Transformer movies at all so I don't get who you're talking about.
HuH? Dev Patel is male. The boy from Slumdog Millionaire, you know? And I have not seen the last Transformer movies at all so I don't get who you're talking about.
12:19PM on 03/05/2015
Ok. googled it, you're talking about that girl. Hope she can survive both Shyamalan and Bay!
Ok. googled it, you're talking about that girl. Hope she can survive both Shyamalan and Bay!
10:24AM on 03/05/2015

Short Circuit

It looks like a rip off of Short Circuit. Elysium was a bust.
It looks like a rip off of Short Circuit. Elysium was a bust.
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10:20AM on 03/05/2015
stop preaching about elysium. it wasn't flawless but it was no disaster either.
stop preaching about elysium. it wasn't flawless but it was no disaster either.
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10:13AM on 03/05/2015
I didn't care for "District 9", as it completely falls apart at the end (in part due to how terrible every Blomkamp villain is written), but it had a sense of style, amazing visual effects, and a solid lead performance. "Elysium" is a huge waste of time, and I am sick of hearing people try to defend- Jodie Foster's awkward accent makes every scene with her hilarious, while her character motivations are one note and dull. Copley is also one note and dull, and the shaky cam and bad editing
I didn't care for "District 9", as it completely falls apart at the end (in part due to how terrible every Blomkamp villain is written), but it had a sense of style, amazing visual effects, and a solid lead performance. "Elysium" is a huge waste of time, and I am sick of hearing people try to defend- Jodie Foster's awkward accent makes every scene with her hilarious, while her character motivations are one note and dull. Copley is also one note and dull, and the shaky cam and bad editing destroys all sense of fun the the action scenes it could have had. Couple with that plot holes so glaring that it would have someone use to dealing in strictly anti-logic scratching their heads, and you got a recipe for a bad movie.

Everyone's opinions are different and valid, and if you enjoyed "Elysium", more power to you, but please stop trying to convince people that any movie featuring that accent on Ms. Foster is good.

As for "Chappie", haven't seen it, and considering how little faith I have in Blomkamp- solid visual stylist, god awful writer, and terrible at endings- I won't see it in theaters. The review though, was excellently written and an enjoyable read.
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9:19AM on 03/05/2015

Stop...

...trying to make Elysium happen. It was a preachy ass-sucker. We all have to get over our man crush sometime.
...trying to make Elysium happen. It was a preachy ass-sucker. We all have to get over our man crush sometime.
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6:40AM on 03/05/2015
Good to hear that it's good. Sorry Des1, sorry that it's not bad even though you really want it to be bad.
Good to hear that it's good. Sorry Des1, sorry that it's not bad even though you really want it to be bad.
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7:48AM on 03/05/2015
I mean... it does have a 32 on Metacritic. Its not like the guy doesn't have a base to stand on.
I mean... it does have a 32 on Metacritic. Its not like the guy doesn't have a base to stand on.
12:34PM on 03/05/2015
Yeah, ignore the dozens of other critics' reviews and believe it's good based on this one opinion. You don't sound like a fanboy or anything.....
Yeah, ignore the dozens of other critics' reviews and believe it's good based on this one opinion. You don't sound like a fanboy or anything.....
6:07AM on 03/05/2015
You got me at Short Circuit. Will definitely watch this movie.
You got me at Short Circuit. Will definitely watch this movie.
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5:34AM on 03/05/2015
The mention of Die Antwoord sends me into a fetal position remembering their 'Cookie Thumper,' video
The mention of Die Antwoord sends me into a fetal position remembering their 'Cookie Thumper,' video
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4:02AM on 03/05/2015
That sounds promising. I love how smoothly Blomkamp integrates future technology into his world building, and it sounds like he nailed it again with this one. I do worry though, since the main weakness with D9 and Elysium were the villains, and it sounds like they're a weakness here again. Though I suppose he won't have to worry about that problem when he does his Alien sequel :P
That sounds promising. I love how smoothly Blomkamp integrates future technology into his world building, and it sounds like he nailed it again with this one. I do worry though, since the main weakness with D9 and Elysium were the villains, and it sounds like they're a weakness here again. Though I suppose he won't have to worry about that problem when he does his Alien sequel :P
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1:32AM on 03/05/2015

Chris I love you.....

But you're out of your mind. The buzz on this has been that it's hopelessly mediocre for months. Add to that their refusal to allow reviews until today (always a sign they know it's a stinker), and the first reviews being overwhelmingly negative. Even the positive ones say it's all right at best. An 8? Really? You realize you're saying it's 2 stars under perfection.....you really want to stake your reputation on that?

Wow.....
But you're out of your mind. The buzz on this has been that it's hopelessly mediocre for months. Add to that their refusal to allow reviews until today (always a sign they know it's a stinker), and the first reviews being overwhelmingly negative. Even the positive ones say it's all right at best. An 8? Really? You realize you're saying it's 2 stars under perfection.....you really want to stake your reputation on that?

Wow.....
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1:53AM on 03/05/2015
So let me get this straight, dude liked the movie but because the general "consensus" is negative, he's supposed to go with the flow? There's so much BS in this post, Stake his reputation? GTFO..
So let me get this straight, dude liked the movie but because the general "consensus" is negative, he's supposed to go with the flow? There's so much BS in this post, Stake his reputation? GTFO..
1:53AM on 03/05/2015
are you serious? How immature are you? I'm sorry to be so blunt and potentially offensive but learn what an opinion is, and the relation they have with art, my god...
are you serious? How immature are you? I'm sorry to be so blunt and potentially offensive but learn what an opinion is, and the relation they have with art, my god...
2:05AM on 03/05/2015
LOL...."Art"? Yeah, let's not criticize a bad movie because it's "art." That's always the last refuge of someone who knows they've lost the argument (usually a lousy band someone wants to defend).

Well Vini, he didn't "like" the movie, he rated it an 8 out of 10, which is pretty darned close to perfect (certainly great at the very least). That for a movie currently at 33% on RT, 5.4 average rating, and 32 on MetaCritic. But don't let the facts get in the way of you criticizing me for
LOL...."Art"? Yeah, let's not criticize a bad movie because it's "art." That's always the last refuge of someone who knows they've lost the argument (usually a lousy band someone wants to defend).

Well Vini, he didn't "like" the movie, he rated it an 8 out of 10, which is pretty darned close to perfect (certainly great at the very least). That for a movie currently at 33% on RT, 5.4 average rating, and 32 on MetaCritic. But don't let the facts get in the way of you criticizing me for giving an opinion about his opinion.

Talk about BS.....
2:30AM on 03/05/2015
when did I ever say don't criticize something because it's art? How did you miss the point? It's really very simple, art is completely open to interpretation and criticism. It's really that simple. What you don't seem to understand is an opinion. It's fine to call a movie bad. It's fine to call a movie good. It's fine to call Chappie either one of those things -- but calling it one or the other does NOT make that person right, or wrong, or smart, or dumb, and it most certainly should not cause
when did I ever say don't criticize something because it's art? How did you miss the point? It's really very simple, art is completely open to interpretation and criticism. It's really that simple. What you don't seem to understand is an opinion. It's fine to call a movie bad. It's fine to call a movie good. It's fine to call Chappie either one of those things -- but calling it one or the other does NOT make that person right, or wrong, or smart, or dumb, and it most certainly should not cause someone to lose respect for that person because of which way they view/feel about the subject.

It most definitely does not make someone 'lose credibility' and does not tarnish someone's 'reputation'. Like what? Dude, it's an opinion. The only thing that can tarnish someone's reputation or legitimacy and have them actually deserve a loss of respect is a lack of honesty with their opinion. If it's not truthful, then sure. But if it's truthful, then it doesn't matter if it calls the movie the worst ever or the best ever -- there's nothing wrong with that. One finding that their opinion aligns or does not align with the reviewers means absolutely nothing. It does not mean that the reviewer is 'wrong' or 'dumb' and with that being said you are 'right' because you disagree (even if your opinion falls in with the majority's). Or if you both feel the same, that does not mean you are both 'right' either. There is no right and wrong, stop acting like such a child because someone is expressing his opinion. Calling him out of his mind? Saying he must be because hey, the majority of other reviews you read weren't positive. The only thing that doesn't make sense is that logic right there, not his contrasting opinion. "If you don't follow the general consensus/majority then lol ur dumb, ur opinion isn't worth as much, ur not as respectable" really? really?! Yikes.

And just to be crystal, having an 'opinion on an opinion' in terms of seeing his review and not having the same opinion -- that's fine! Of course, when you've seen the movie and have judged it for yourself. But seeing his review and disagreeing with it like you have because you also read other reviews, a higher quantity of reviews, that haven't been of the same opinion... yeah, that's not OK. That just simply does not make sense.
2:32AM on 03/05/2015
When have you known Joblo to overwhelmingly agree with critics? The critics here like what they like, general consensus be damned. And that is why I trust the reviews here above all others. I tend to agree with the critics here more than other sites. If Chris thinks it's an 8, he thinks it's an 8. If you don't trust the review, don't go see the movie.
When have you known Joblo to overwhelmingly agree with critics? The critics here like what they like, general consensus be damned. And that is why I trust the reviews here above all others. I tend to agree with the critics here more than other sites. If Chris thinks it's an 8, he thinks it's an 8. If you don't trust the review, don't go see the movie.
2:55AM on 03/05/2015
Ha. Look at him. He wrote "wow...". What a self important jerkoff
Ha. Look at him. He wrote "wow...". What a self important jerkoff
7:28AM on 03/05/2015
Lol, so you're basing your opinion on a percentage from RT with only a handful of reviews as of late? General consensus isn't the be-all and end-all. I would have given you the benefit of the doubt if you said you'd seen it and made up your own "consensus" but apparently that's not even the case!
Lol, so you're basing your opinion on a percentage from RT with only a handful of reviews as of late? General consensus isn't the be-all and end-all. I would have given you the benefit of the doubt if you said you'd seen it and made up your own "consensus" but apparently that's not even the case!
8:36AM on 03/05/2015
Well it's official Des1 is a sheep who lets opinions of others influence his life, decisions and personal opinions.
Well it's official Des1 is a sheep who lets opinions of others influence his life, decisions and personal opinions.
9:55AM on 03/05/2015
Funny how you can rip this film and you haven't even seen it! And yer ripping c bums review because he liked it? Yer one of those people who lives and dies by what rotten tomatoes or imdb says. This guy is a joke! Hey why don't you go see the film, if u still hate it then you have a right to voice yer opinion, until then shut yer fuckin mouth
Funny how you can rip this film and you haven't even seen it! And yer ripping c bums review because he liked it? Yer one of those people who lives and dies by what rotten tomatoes or imdb says. This guy is a joke! Hey why don't you go see the film, if u still hate it then you have a right to voice yer opinion, until then shut yer fuckin mouth
12:38PM on 03/05/2015
I find all the pretentious preening amusing with the people suddenly claiming you can't judge a movie until after you're seen it (or that you have to ignore critic reviews or you're a sheep). I'm wondering if all these people were equally outraged at the negativity directed toward Fantastic Four, 50 Shades Of Grey or Transformers? Somehow I'm thinking their selective outrage isn't quite as righteous as they'd like you to believe.

Seriously, go see it.....nobody's stopping you. Twilight
I find all the pretentious preening amusing with the people suddenly claiming you can't judge a movie until after you're seen it (or that you have to ignore critic reviews or you're a sheep). I'm wondering if all these people were equally outraged at the negativity directed toward Fantastic Four, 50 Shades Of Grey or Transformers? Somehow I'm thinking their selective outrage isn't quite as righteous as they'd like you to believe.

Seriously, go see it.....nobody's stopping you. Twilight made over a billion dollars. Movies don't have to be good to find an audience, they just need to fill a niche. You just sound silly when you pretend bad movies are good just to make yourself seem like part of the winning team.

BTW, currently at 46% on RottenTomatoes with a 5.6 average score. Compare that to this 8 and then tell me again how I'm the one ignoring reality.
2:17PM on 03/05/2015
You must think Blade Runner is a P.O.S movie along with Scarface etc with your type of thinking.
You must think Blade Runner is a P.O.S movie along with Scarface etc with your type of thinking.
2:25PM on 03/05/2015
Scarface - 84% positive review on RT, 7.5 average critic score

Blade Runner - 91% positive review on RT, 8.4 average critic score.

Chappie - 41% positive review on RT, 5.3 average critic score.

Seriously, thank you for making my point.
Scarface - 84% positive review on RT, 7.5 average critic score

Blade Runner - 91% positive review on RT, 8.4 average critic score.

Chappie - 41% positive review on RT, 5.3 average critic score.

Seriously, thank you for making my point.
3:12PM on 03/05/2015
Don't feed the troll.
Don't feed the troll.
3:38PM on 03/05/2015
Des1. I think you missed the point of ConMan's comment. When Blade Runner and Scarface were released, they opened to mixed reviews. Blade Runner performed poorly in theaters.
Des1. I think you missed the point of ConMan's comment. When Blade Runner and Scarface were released, they opened to mixed reviews. Blade Runner performed poorly in theaters.
4:44PM on 03/05/2015
Good God, this guy. This is what is wrong with the internet and the youth of today (at least I hope this isn't a full grown adult). I mean case in point "I find all the pretentious preening amusing with the people suddenly claiming you can't judge a movie until after you're seen it". I know right, what an absurd claim, having to actually experience a movie for yourself before making a proper judgement on it! Ridiculous! hahaha.
Good God, this guy. This is what is wrong with the internet and the youth of today (at least I hope this isn't a full grown adult). I mean case in point "I find all the pretentious preening amusing with the people suddenly claiming you can't judge a movie until after you're seen it". I know right, what an absurd claim, having to actually experience a movie for yourself before making a proper judgement on it! Ridiculous! hahaha.
5:38PM on 03/05/2015
Des1 is a moron who thinks agreeing with the masses before experiencing the product means he know its actual quality. Why are you guys acknowledging his existence?
Des1 is a moron who thinks agreeing with the masses before experiencing the product means he know its actual quality. Why are you guys acknowledging his existence?
6:16PM on 03/05/2015
Thanks Holiest, obviously you got my point and any sort of movie afficianado would of understood what I was getting at. Clearly Des1 is a sheep and follows everyones opinion but his own.
Thanks Holiest, obviously you got my point and any sort of movie afficianado would of understood what I was getting at. Clearly Des1 is a sheep and follows everyones opinion but his own.
7:11PM on 03/05/2015
Uh Holiest, where on Earth are you getting that from? I posted the review percentages for Scarface, and it was 84% with an average 7.5 critics score. So where do you get "mixed reviews" from? Seriously, I post facts, ConMan calls me a sheep for not agreeing with him, then you ride in on your white horse to say facts are irrelevant because your memory of the film's history are better.

Then that idiot Cochise posts for about the 8th time in response to me that his entire life is ruined
Uh Holiest, where on Earth are you getting that from? I posted the review percentages for Scarface, and it was 84% with an average 7.5 critics score. So where do you get "mixed reviews" from? Seriously, I post facts, ConMan calls me a sheep for not agreeing with him, then you ride in on your white horse to say facts are irrelevant because your memory of the film's history are better.

Then that idiot Cochise posts for about the 8th time in response to me that his entire life is ruined because I noticed this film is now at THIRTY-ONE PERCENT on RT with a 5.0 critics score. That is worse than 2 of the 4 Transformer films. But I'm supposed to pretend not to notice because it is sacrilege to question Blomkamp?

WTF???
7:14PM on 03/05/2015
Jak and Stratburst, you two are literally too stupid to talk to. Just know that I'm watching the RT critic score plummet on this thing and laughing my ass off at how stupid you sound for attacking me while defending it. Literally TWO Transformers movies were rated better than this, and you're calling me a troll for reading the reviews and posting the facts?

Jak and Stratburst, you two are literally too stupid to talk to. Just know that I'm watching the RT critic score plummet on this thing and laughing my ass off at how stupid you sound for attacking me while defending it. Literally TWO Transformers movies were rated better than this, and you're calling me a troll for reading the reviews and posting the facts?

9:15PM on 03/05/2015
Des1 really? I know I shouldn't feed an immature troll like you but hey, I've got some time to kill so why not. Once again you respond to me by completely making up something, accusing me of saying something or even implying something I didn't at all. I mean we know you're immature and illogical, but are you really that ignorant too? I posted for the eighth time? More like third, but I guess that's close, or 'about'... but it's not, actually. Anyway, that's far from picking over. The 'my entire
Des1 really? I know I shouldn't feed an immature troll like you but hey, I've got some time to kill so why not. Once again you respond to me by completely making up something, accusing me of saying something or even implying something I didn't at all. I mean we know you're immature and illogical, but are you really that ignorant too? I posted for the eighth time? More like third, but I guess that's close, or 'about'... but it's not, actually. Anyway, that's far from picking over. The 'my entire life is ruined' part is more noteworthy... because it makes even less sense. Where did I ever say that? Or even imply that? I didn't even express anger, just shock, disbelief and honestly am amused at how ridiculous everything you say is. When did any of my comments ever portray anger at the fact that the movie is at 31% or whatever on Rotten Tomatoes? Not once. All I said is that just because a movie is disliked by the majority doesn't mean it's a bad movie. Just because a movie is liked by the majority doesn't mean it's a good movie. Film, like other forms of art, is subjective. All the consensus does is tell you where most people sit on the topic -- it doesn't mean those people are either 'right' or 'wrong', which you don't seem to understand... at all.

And once again I never said you weren't 'supposed to notice' that, or even that you weren't supposed to note that, and I never once said it's blasphemous or anything of the sort to question or criticize Blomkamp. You're now speaking as if you're assuming I'm defending Blomkamp here, when I haven't even hinted at that once. In fact if you would've scrolled a few comments down you would see my post where I noted my big disappointment with Elysium so... I'm the idiot? The fact of the matter remains -- you don't know what an opinion on a film really is, or how they work, what they mean, how to look at them and how to treat them. I've explained it pretty clearly, now multiple times, hopefully this time it'll click. It really isn't that hard to understand. Time to grow up man.
1:13AM on 03/05/2015
Looking forward to this. Like what Freeden stated below, Blomkamp does a great job of really demonstrating the universe his films take place in and that's half the fun with his films.
Looking forward to this. Like what Freeden stated below, Blomkamp does a great job of really demonstrating the universe his films take place in and that's half the fun with his films.
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1:08AM on 03/05/2015
Looking forward to this and glad to see the positive review. I was one of the ones who actually quite liked Elysium, so if this is better, great! One of the things that I typically find Blomkamp to be at fault for is having a relatively weak story. Both his previous efforts are great, but the stories were somewhat so-so. What I really liked about the films though was their world building, and this looks like it has the best yet, which I love. Chappie also seems like a wonderful character. I
Looking forward to this and glad to see the positive review. I was one of the ones who actually quite liked Elysium, so if this is better, great! One of the things that I typically find Blomkamp to be at fault for is having a relatively weak story. Both his previous efforts are great, but the stories were somewhat so-so. What I really liked about the films though was their world building, and this looks like it has the best yet, which I love. Chappie also seems like a wonderful character. I have a very good feeling I am going to enjoy this film.
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12:55AM on 03/05/2015

how is the action?

is it plentiful? How much of the film aproximately, perccentage wise, is action based? The same as Elysium, or the same as D9, or...? Is the action as well done as in D9, or as poorly and and as poorly shot as in Elysium? Is it varied and elaborate, brutal and clear like in D9, or muddled, short and anything but memorable like in Elysium? Answers to these things would be much appreciated, thanks!
is it plentiful? How much of the film aproximately, perccentage wise, is action based? The same as Elysium, or the same as D9, or...? Is the action as well done as in D9, or as poorly and and as poorly shot as in Elysium? Is it varied and elaborate, brutal and clear like in D9, or muddled, short and anything but memorable like in Elysium? Answers to these things would be much appreciated, thanks!
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4:16AM on 03/05/2015
The cuts are quicker, there are more explosions, but I didn't think there was enough action on the whole. How much of it is action, approximately 35%?
The cuts are quicker, there are more explosions, but I didn't think there was enough action on the whole. How much of it is action, approximately 35%?
4:41PM on 03/05/2015
thanks Jedd! That's unfortunate to hear, I was really disappointed how they shot/cut the action in Elysium, especially the climactic fight between Damon and Copley, it was shot way too close up and with super jittery camera movements and quick cuts... just caused me to strain to not only enjoy but also even just see/understand what was going on. Too bad. Thank you again for the info though!
thanks Jedd! That's unfortunate to hear, I was really disappointed how they shot/cut the action in Elysium, especially the climactic fight between Damon and Copley, it was shot way too close up and with super jittery camera movements and quick cuts... just caused me to strain to not only enjoy but also even just see/understand what was going on. Too bad. Thank you again for the info though!
9:36PM on 03/06/2015
You're very welcome. I was disappointed with the film. The main thing for me is that it combines some derivative plot and design ideas with a very indulgent streak. Die Antwoord do not need to be major supporting characters at all.
You're very welcome. I was disappointed with the film. The main thing for me is that it combines some derivative plot and design ideas with a very indulgent streak. Die Antwoord do not need to be major supporting characters at all.
12:36AM on 03/05/2015
Great review...im looking forward to this and Blomkamp's alien !!
Great review...im looking forward to this and Blomkamp's alien !!
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